Wednesday, July 31, 2013

August Abracadabra!

This is my list of free and low cost events for the greater Portland area for the month of August 2013.  I compile the list for the homeschool group we belong to, which includes kids in grades 1-5, but most events are fun for everyone.  I look for events with educational or cultural value. This month, I tried to proofread my list but I was distracted by pigeons. You know how that happens!  So please make sure to doublecheck any event you'd like to attend in case of mistakes, typos, and cancellations. The summer has been rockin' and August is going to be magic!  I just know it!

August is when peaches, plums, apricots, apples and pears are ready at pick your own farms. Find a farm near you on either (which also lists farm stands) and Or visit your local farmer’s market. Find one here:

There are more things to do at Oregon State Parks in August which are free or low cost than I can possibly list here, although I’ve tried to list the highlights. Check their website where you can search by date, location, keyword and category to find just what you are looking for.

Portland’s “Summer Free For All” series of free concerts, movies, and activities in the parks continue in 2013. There are lots of terrific events! Complete details here: Part of Summer Free For All, August 1-10 is the Washington Park Summer Festival with many cool performances:

We Are In A Puppet Show!”, Thursday, August 1, 11AM, Garden Home Library. “Enjoy a fun-filled puppet show that follows Elephant and Piggie on a handful of their funniest adventures. Meet the puppets, play games and do activities based on Mo Willems' hilarious books.”

Ten Toes Express Walking Tour: Two Bridges Loop”, Thursday, August 1, 6PM, meeting at the Oregon Convention Center, NE Oregon St. and NE MLK Blvd., Pdx. Free. 1.5 hours and 2.5 miles. “Stroll from the Lloyd District over the newly rebuilt Broadway Bridge into the Pearl District, along the Willamette Greenway and back over the Steel Bridge.”

Junior Rangers: Ingredients for a Garden”, Thursday, August 1, 10AM, Champoeg State Park, meeting in front of visitor’s center. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Junior Rangers! Come discover how like cooking at home, there are several important ingredients that make up a garden. Learn how the pioneers grew food, planted seeds, and watered their gardens.”

Kayak Tour of River Mill Reservoir”, Thursdays in August 9AM-11AM, Milo McIver State Park, River Mill Boat Ramp. $15 per person. Ages 6 and up. Preregistration required; call 800-452-5687. “Join a Park Naturalist for a guided tour of the River Mill Reservoir.”

Ranger Led Bike Tour”, Thursday, August 1, 12PM-1PM, Champoeg State Park, Campground Program Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Bike Through Champoeg's History. Bring your helmet and your binoculars to learn more about how the Willamette River changed everything. The tour is about 45 minutes long with intermittent stops to discuss the shifts in governance that happened at Champoeg in the 1800s.”

New Research In Underwater Archaeology”, Thursday, August 1, 7PM, Tex Rankin Theater at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver. Free. Presented by Bert Ho. “Sunken Aircraft, Slave Wrecks, and more...from the National Park Service's Submerged Resources Center. The National Park Service has long had a presence supporting the preservation of natural and cultural resources beyond the borders and coastlines of the United States. This lecture will explore some of the most exciting recent discoveries, including research on the unique sites created by sunken aircraft, primarily ‘warbirds’ from WWII, including the Battle of Midway, the search for Captain Morgan's shipwrecks in Panama, and the documentation of a possible slave wreck in Cape Town, South Africa.”

Broadway Rose Theatre Company Presents “My Fair Lady”, Thursday, August 1 through Sunday, August 18, Deb Fennell Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd., Tigard. Ticket prices vary. Ages 6 and up. “When linguistics professor Henry Higgins meets dirty, disheveled, Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle outside Covent Garden, he wagers his colleague that within six months he can change Eliza into a high-society lady simply by teaching her to speak proper English. ‘It’s almost irresistible,’ he says. ‘She’s so deliciously low. So horribly dirty.’ But both professor and pupil begin a transformation that neither of them could have anticipated. Gloriously witty, wise, and winning, ‘My Fair Lady’ features the memorable songs ‘I Could Have Danced All Night,’ ‘On the Street Where You Live,’ ‘The Rain in Spain,’ and ‘I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.’”

Archaeology Tour”, now through August 20, 10AM-11AM, Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area, Free. “Come see archeology in action with Dr. Brauner and Oregon State University's Archaeological Field School. Find out what artifacts have been discovered and the stories they tell.” Park info here: Info about the excavation project here:

Rose Garden Tours”, Daily through September 1, 1PM, Washington Park Rose Garden, 850 SW Rose Garden Way, Pdx.

Tim Alexander: Master of Marvels”, Thursday, August 1, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Prepare to laugh and be amazed as The Master of Marvels performs classic magic and original tricks.”

Science Class: Fun-tastic Physics”, Thursday, August 1, 1PM and 2:30PM, Wilsonville Library. Suggested for grades 1-5. Preregistration required; call 503-570-1599.

Red Yarn’s Garden Tales”, Thursday, August 1, 10AM, Sandy Library; Friday, August 2, 11AM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA; Friday, August 2, 3PM, Goldendale Library, Goldendale, WA; Wednesday, August 7, 2PM, Gresham Library. “Join Red Yarn and his lovable critters on an adventure through gardens and farms that is sure to entertain kids and parents alike! Featuring modern-day versions of Br’er Rabbit stories along with favorite American folksongs, this interactive musical puppet show will have audiences laughing, dancing, acting and singing along in this lively performance.”

Buster’s Red Nose Review”, Thursday, August 1, 2PM, Valley Community Presbyterian Church, 8060 SW Brentwood St., Pdx.; and Thursday, August 8, 11AM, Garden Home Library. “Join Buster in his misadventures through the wondrously wacky world of the clown. His physical comedy will leave your face cracked up and belly splitting!”

Dragon Theater Princesses”, Thursday, August 1, 1:30PM, Estacada Library. “Join Belle and The Beast for a storytime and then stay for animal balloons and an ice cream party to celebrate the end of Summer Reading.”

Brad Clark”, Thursday, August 1, 9:30AM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone; Thursday, August 1, 1PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St, Oregon City; Friday, August 2, 11AM, Canby Library; and Tuesday, August 6, 11AM, Beaverton Murray Scholls Library; Wednesday, August 7, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library; and Thursday, August 15, 11AM, Garden Home Library. “Brad’s unique mix of storytelling and music will get you Diggin’ deep for summer reading fun.”

Yo-Yo University”, Thursday, August 1, 1:30, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove. “Super yo-yo tricks from the yo-yoing masters.”

komedy 4 da kidz”, Thursday, August 1, 4PM, Gregory Heights Library; Wednesday, August 7, 11AM, St. Johns Library; Wednesday, August 14, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library; Thursday, August 15, 1PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St, Oregon City; and Wednesday, August 21, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. “Angel Ocasio presents a bilingual and interactive performance combining physical comedy, juggling, balancing and magic.”

Concert, “Brian Waite Band”, Thursday, August 1, 3:30PM, Hillsdale Library. Free tickets will be given out at 3:30PM. “You never know what you might find once you start digging! That’s what the Brian Waite Band learns in their latest rock ‘n roll adventure set underground. Come sing, dance and laugh with Brian and Todd as they dig up a strange world of magical forests, lost oceans and extinct creatures while on their way to a big gig at the Earth’s Core.”

Dig Deep Down with Dan Crow”, Thursday, August 1, 11AM, St. Johns Library. “Excavating through humorous stories and music, this Disney songsmith digs into literary legends, fables, mythology and his veggie garden. Dan also includes a healthy dose of American folk tunes and early rock and roll (can you dig it?). Let’s all laugh and sing and dig into reading!”

The Shark Riddle”, Thursday, August 1, 3PM, Belmont Library; and Saturday, August 3, 2PM, Midland Library. “Are you fascinated by sharks? Join Portland-based wildlife filmmakers Laura and Robert Sams for a screening of their children's film ‘The Shark Riddle’. Then join the filmmakers for some shark-filled, music-filled, riddle-filled, fun-filled activities, including the chance to see one of the stars of the film, a life-sized (23 foot long inflatable) basking shark!”

Children’s Folk Songs from the Rural South”, Friday, August 2, 10:30AM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “Newel Briggs sings old slave songs accompanied by his guitar, mandolin and banjo. Raised by his grandparents, the first people in his family to be born free, Newel’s grandma sang songs such as “Loop de Loo,” “Miss Mary Mac,” “Ham Bone” and “Shortnin’ Bread.” Learn about the history behind the songs and find out which one is about taking a bath on Saturday night!”

Boom Arts Presents, “Tunde’s Trumpet”, Friday, August 2, 7PM, Saturday, August 3, 2PM and 7PM, and Sunday, August 2 at 2PM, Community Music Center, Suggested donation $20 per family or $10 per adult. Advance tickets available here: “A wild array of funky puppets annoy, cajole and distract a talented 10-year-old trumpet player in this short, jazzy kids production from Boom Arts. Tunde (Blake Stone) has the heart to become a true musician, but first he must vanquish five challenges, including frustration and jealousy, in order to reach his potential. Powerful singer and storyteller Ithica Tell and live trumpeter Jon Roberts help anchor the can-do story, while puppets cleverly crafted from old piano keys, bungee cords and bedsheets charm grade-school-aged viewers.”

Water Wonders at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, August 2, Saturday, August 3, and Sunday, August 4, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Explore how precious water helps plants and creatures thrive, and how to protect it from pollution. Discover fun activities such as lake creature explorations, water critter origami, or make safe cleaners out of vinegar.”

Educational Programs at Tillamook Forest Center”, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. Free. Far too many to list here! Check them out:

Downtown Vancouver Walking Tours”, Fridays through August 30. $7. Preregistration required; email $7 per tour. “Seven distinct tours work their way geographically and chronologically up from the Esther Short neighborhood to Carter Park.” August 2: Uptown Village-Growth and Celebration; August 9: Hough-The Rise of Residential Districts Pt. 1; August 16: Arnada- The Rise of Residential Districts Pt. 2; August 23: Middle Main- For Your Entertainment; and August 30: Carter Park, the Roaring 20’s and Beyond. See website for details and starting location for individual tours:

Clark County Fair”, Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 11, Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield, WA. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7 children 7-12, and free for kids 6 and under. Highlights include The Human Torch Fire Dive and Walk on the Wild Side exhibit of wild animals of the rainforest and jungle.

Around the Campfire at Oxbow”, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM in August (the August 31 show is at 8:30PM), Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Fridays are American roots music performances and Saturdays are nature education presentations. It says on Metro’s website that because the park is locked at sunset, these shows are open only to campers. But it’s been Metro’s policy to allow others to attend- just call ahead, and advise them when you get there as well that you’ll need them to open the gate for you after the performance. See their calendar for details: The August 31 show is extra super cool, because Oregon Shadow Theater will be there to present, “Green Bird, a Mexican Story”, which is both silly and spectacularly beautiful.

Outdoor Skills”, Fridays in August, 6:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “This summer, Tryon Creek is offering a variety of hands-on outdoors skills classes for adults and families with older kids. Learn traditional primitive skills such as edible and medicinal plant identification, wilderness skills such as navigation and Dutch oven cooking, or brush up on your hiking skills with tips from a ranger on brisk hour-long hike through the woods. Each week brings a new adventure into the outdoors.” August 2- Ultralight Hiking; August 9-Why Knot? (Knots You Should Know); August 16- Dutch Oven Cooking: The Basics; August 23- The 10 Essentials of Hiking; August 30- Introduction to Wild Foods.

Gem Faire”, Friday, August 2, 12PM- 6PM, Saturday, August 3, 10AM- 6PM, and Sunday, August 4, 10AM- 5PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $7 for those over age 12, 11 and under free, 2 for 1 admission coupon on their website: This is mostly beads, but there are always rocks, crystals, and fossils of interest to rockhounds as well. If you go once and give them your address, they will send you free admission coupons for future Gem Faires.

Cyrano”, August 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 7PM, August 4 and 11 at 2:30PM, Theatre In The Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. $5 adults, $3 for children under 18. “In this enchanting family version, the story of Cyrano helps a troubled boy. Cyrano is a poet, philosopher, expert swordsman and incredible wit. He pines for the beautiful Roxane, but is too shy to pursue her because of his extraordinarily large nose.”

Native American Weaving for Kids”, Fridays in August, 10AM-11AM, Champoeg State Park, Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Native American Weaving Learn to identify weaving materials within the park that the Kalapuya people use for weaving. Come make a cedar rope and rose to take home!”

2013 Iranian Festival”, Saturday, August 3, 10AM-5PM, South Park Blocks by PSU, between SW College St. and PSU Library, next to Farmer’s Market. Free. “Live music and dance performances, Food, Dessert and Beverages, Traditional Arts and Crafts, Activities for Children and Adults, Iran-related Book Fair, Vendor and Business Booths, Visual Art Showcase Including Calligraphy and Traditional Persian Carpets.”

Nob Hill and Beyond Walk”, Saturday, August 3, 9AM-12PM, meeting at Couch Park, NW 19th Ave. and Glisan St., Pdx.). $18 for adults, $15 for youth, students, and seniors. Preregistration required; register online: Tour lead by local author Laura O. Foster. “Nob Hill and Beyond is a 5-mile walk and hike that travels through urban and forested landscapes as walkers discover Portland’s rich geologic, architectural, and horticultural treasures. Take stairways, hidden paths and streets less traveled; learn how neighborhoods were carved from steep hillsides and how the city grew into the hills as industry expanded along the river. With views of two rivers, Cascade peaks, the formerly wild Guilds Lake (now an industrial sanctuary) and a hike under the tall firs of the largest urban forest in the U.S., this tour covers an eclectic mix of sites and terrain as it showcases Portland’s famous walkability. Note: the walk is uphill for the first half, gaining about 900 feet of elevation, with four long public stairways, steep streets and Forest Park trails.”

Historic 1860’s Kitchen Garden Tour”, Saturday, August 3, 12PM, Champoeg State Park, meeting at the Visitor’s Center. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Come explore the Manson Farmstead and learn what pioneer families grew in their gardens.”

Junior Ranger Program”, Saturdays and Sundays, 1PM-2:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for ages 6-12. Free. “Join a park ranger and learn how you can help protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help Junior Rangers earn their badge and patch! We strongly encourage parents to participate in the program with your children. All parents must sign a permission slip before children participate.” August 3- Scavenger Hunt; August 4- Owls of Tryon Creek; August 10- Animal Detectives (Tracking); August 11-Amphibian Adventures; August 17- Create a Park; August 18- Trees are Terrific; August 24- Creek Critters; August 25- Banana Slug Sundaes!; August 31- Hiking Essentials.

Nadaka Community Festival”, Saturday, August 3, 9AM-3PM, Nadaka Nature Park, NE 175th Ave. between NE Glisan St. and NE Pacific St., Gresham. Free. Park cleanup, 9 a.m. to noon | Food and fun, noon to 3 p.m. The 3rd annual Nadaka Community Festival is part of the larger Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project, which nurtures nature, food and families. Enjoy fun for the whole family! Activities include: free hot dogs (while supplies last), face painting, all-ages games, Audubon Education Birds, voter registration, live music with NW PanMan Terry Baber- steel drum, park plans.”

Summer Festival”, Saturday, August 3, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, August 4, 10AM-4PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. Admission $3, free for ages 17 and under. “Celebrating with fabulous rock and mineral displays, Gold panning, geode and thunder egg cutting, scavenger hunt, food, live entertainment and there are lots of new exhibits to see. Fun for the whole family.”

Taste of Micronesian Festival”, Saturday, August 3, 1PM-8PM, Bush Pastor Park Amphitheater, 600 Mission St., Salem. “Cultural performances, live bands and arts and crafts. Food and medicinal demonstrations. Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Island, Pohnpei, Palau, Chuuk, Yap, Marshall Island, Kosrae and special guests Polynesians.”

Mt. Hood Jazz Festival”, Saturday, August 3, 11AM-10PM, Arts Plaza, 401 NE 2nd St., Gresham. Advance tickets $10 adults and free for kids 11 and under. “The Mt. Hood Jazz Festival presents an all-day jazz event that will feature local talent, including youth jazz ensembles and regional, world-class jazz artists. In addition to music, tasty food will be served up by local vendors. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a day of great music.”

Weekend Guided Tours”, Saturdays in August, 11AM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. Free. “Join Gardener/Curator Courtney Vengarick on the 1st Saturday of each month for her seasonal exploration of the garden. All other Saturdays join one of our volunteer guides for an informative guided tour of the garden. Weekly themes vary.”

The Trouble With Tribbles”, Saturdays and Sundays in August through August 25, 5PM, Cathedral Park Amphitheater, under the St. Johns Bridge at the corner of N. Pittsburgh St. and N. Portland Ave. Free. All ages. “Trek in the Park’s Five-Year-Mission CONCLUDES! Over the last 4 summers, Atomic Arts has energized Portland to strange new worlds where no audience has gone before and it has all led to this–THE TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES! As Kirk and his crew attempt to settle a political dispute on a far off space station, they quickly realize their problems don’t stop there as they have to deal with Federation brass, tempestuous Klingons, and tiny, furry creatures who are adorable, hungry and…multiplying. Portland actors accompanied with live music and effects bring this classic piece of pop culture to life at historic Cathedral Park under the St. Johns Bridge!”

Breakfast in the Woods at Oxbow”, Saturday, August 3, 9AM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Free. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Take a guided walk in the woods, plunk yourself down for a picnic breakfast, hear about restoration projects – and join the conversation about our region’s natural resources. Nestled in the Sandy River Gorge, Oxbow has long been a haven for salmon. Now, the park is doing even more to protect Oregon’s iconic fish. Learn how Metro’s partners are helping young salmon on their journey to the Pacific Ocean by placing logs in a side channel, building a new culvert for a Sandy River tributary and restoring habitat along the river’s banks.”

Stories in the Stones”, Saturday, August 3, 10AM-1PM, Mt. Talbert Nature Park, 10695 SE Mather Rd., Clackamas. $5 per adult. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; call 503-794-8092. “With Metro naturalist Ashley Conley, explore the rugged beauty of Mount Talbert Nature Park as you wander a white oak woodland. Learn about the region’s geology atop Mount Talbert, one in a series of cinder cones and small shield volcanoes that began bubbling up almost three million years ago. On this 3-mile walk, trails are rough and steep in places.”

Silver Falls Star Party”, Saturday, August 3, 9PM, Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Day Use Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “The park is one of the darkest, most easily accessible locations in the Willamette Valley for viewing the night sky. A local astronomy club, Night Sky 45, will be on hand with telescopes and expertise throughout the event. Packing for the park after dark is a little different than packing for a day trip. Rangers recommend bringing warm layers of clothing, a blanket or reclining chair, and a flashlight. Visitors are also encouraged to bring telescopes or binoculars if they have them. The park will provide star identification charts, glow-in-the-dark bracelets, and red cellophane flashlight covers. The Friends of Silver Falls will provide refreshments. Silver Falls State Park is located on OR-214 South about 16 miles southeast of Silverton. Park at the main lot of the South Falls Day-use Area and follow signs to the viewing area.”

11th Annual Living History Village”, Saturday, August 3, and Sunday, August 4, 12PM-5PM, Oregon Country Settlement Living History Village, 73370 E. Buggy Trail Dr., Rhododendron, behind the Still Creek Inn. Free admission and free parking. “Take a journey back into time with Cascade Geographic Society in their special living history village known as the ‘Oregon Country Settlement’. Here, on beautiful Mount Hood and located along the Oregon Trail, the sights, sounds, and smells of frontier life can be revisited once more as interpreters in period clothing take you on a unique journey of history and wonderment. Amongst this cluster of protected historic buildings and wilderness shelters, the 1840’s is alive and well. View life as it once was as you visit the ‘Wilderness House’, the ‘Trading Post’, the ‘Blacksmith Shop’, the ‘Wash House’, the ‘Spirits House’, the ‘Parlour’, the ‘Community House’ (school and church), the ‘Cook’s Shack’, the ‘Pantry Building’, the ‘Mess Hall’, the ‘Carpenter’s Shop’, the ‘Stables’, the ‘Hermit’s Shack’, the ‘Tyee Bear Lodge’, the ‘Smoke House’, the ‘Bell Tower’, the ‘Native American Storytelling Lodge’, and other unique structures. Purchase pioneer foods like Oregon Trail Buffalo Stew and Frontier Biscuits, fire-brewed Barlow Trail Coffee, and hot Mount Hood Apple Cider, listen to great traditional Native American flute and old-time music, Oregon Trail and Native American storytelling, try your skill at throwing knives and tomahawks, and take advantage of our gift shop where Huckleberry Jam and other goodies awaits you along with history and nature books, nickel postcards, and a whole lot more. A great family experience!”

Beaverton Modular Railroad”, Saturday, August 3, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, August 4, 1PM-4PM, Beaverton Library. All ages. “Plan to drop by this weekend and visit with members of the Beaverton Modular Railroad Club. The club will have models set up for viewing and be available to answer questions about this fascinating hobby.”

Sand Castle Competition”, Saturday, August 3, with registration at 12PM and judging at 3PM, Taft Beach, Lincoln City. Families can compete or just watch, details here:

Our Bond With Bees”, Saturday, August 3, 2PM, Northwest Library. “Did you know that 40% of our food, and 90% of the most delicious/nutritious foods are completely dependent on bees? That one-third of the honeybee colonies in the U.S. have vanished, likely due to Colony Collapse Disorder? Our reliance on bees goes back millennia, yet most of us know quite little about our fuzzy friends. Honeybee expert Brian Lacy will explore the world of honeybees in a lively program that puts you inside the hive to strengthen our connection with this critical part of our world. Stay til the end for a delicious treat.”

Oregon Zoo Creepy Critters”, Saturday, August 3, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. “Oregon Zoo Animal Presenters with creepy critters. All ages.”  ZAP is generally pretty awesome.

Antique Powerland Annual Steam-Up”, Saturday August 3 and Sunday, August 4, 7AM-6PM, 3995 Brooklake Rd. NE, Brooks, OR. $10 adults, kids 12 and under free. “The Great Oregon Steam-Up is the largest event at Antique Powerland during the year and it involves all of the museums and many other participants. One of the unique aspects of the event is that most of the equipment is operating. A parade takes place each day at 1:30 PM and it includes vintage tractors, trucks, and automobiles. The steam powered sawmill operates twice a day and the trolley tours the site perimeter all four days of the show. Learn about the early machinery that made Oregon develop and grow. Hear about innovators and manufacturers of times past. Machines on display include farm tractors and implements, early engines, crawlers, fire apparatus, vintage trucks and cars, logging gear, an early Oregon flour mill, and an authentic steam sawmill. Rides include an historic trolley and a miniature railroad. Scheduled activities: Train and trolley rides, BIG parade, steam sawmilling, traditional tractor pulling, machinery demos, threshing, flour milling, fire apparatus demos, museum tours, kids pedal tractor pulling and a Youth Passport program. Other Attractions: Blacksmithing, Brooks Depot, a country store, models, early electricity exhibit, miniature farm display, swap meet and flea market sales, country music, and great food! Church services held Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. on August 4.” Highly recommended! It does get mighty hot here, so bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and cash for shaved ice!

Obonfest 2013”, Saturday, August 3, 3PM-9PM, Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 SE 34th Ave., Pdx. Free admission. “Obon is an annual Japanese festival commemorating one’s ancestors. Join us for food, gifts, entertainment and dancing. This year's Obonfest features -- Food items: yakisoba, yakiniku, yakitori, shave ice, manju, chirashi sushi, beer garden, soft drinks, Spam musubi. 
Program: Tanuki Taiko, Portland Taiko, Martial Arts Demonstration, Temple Talks, Bon Odori (public dance)
Vendors: Michiko Selby (Oshie art using chiyogami paper), Miwa McCree (massage), Kaori Oya (Shiatsu massage), Hiroshi Ogawa (Japanese Pottery), Margie Yap from Sweet Persimmon (handmade purses and meditation products), Karen Fullerton (notecards and art), Kinokuniya Bookstore (Japanese books, music, misc items), Omiyage shop, T-shirt sale, children's corner, raffle.”

Saturday Guided Hikes”, Saturdays in August, 10AM-11:30AM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “Venture out with a park guide for a free, nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes.” August 3- Plant Walk and Talk; August 10- Mini Beast Exploration; August 17- Urban Wildlife; August 24- Pollinating in the Park; August 31- Fish of Tryon Creek.

Anne Rutherford Presents, “Central is 100! 100 Years of Super-Duper Heroes”, Saturday, August 3, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “When the doors of Central Library opened in 1913, readers checked out Tarzan, Sherlock, Dorothy (as in Oz) and Alice (as in Wonderland). And they are still favorites today! come watch their adventures brought to life in a fun, interactive performance by master storyteller and writer Anne Rutherford. Whether live out loud or leaping from text via book, laptop or phone, these characters always save the day!”

Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Gresham”, Saturdays in August, 11AM, meeting at Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main Ave., Gresham. Suggested donation $5-$10. Rain or shine. “The Gresham History Museum will lead guided walking tours of Historic Downtown Gresham. Come tour the downtown area and learn about historic buildings and homes, historic graves and trees, and about the shops that used to line Main Avenue.”

Rox in Sox Children’s Music and Book Festival”, Saturday, August 3, 9AM-6PM, West End Building lawn, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego. “Aaron Nigel Smith, PBS KIDS TV personality, director of the international One World Chorus, and Lake Oswego resident, announces the first-ever free outdoor family festival celebrating music and books. Several of the nation’s top award-winning family music artists and authors will join the day of fun, including Aaron and his One World Chorus, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Rhythm Child, Recess Monkey, performers from the Portland Opera, locally-based ‘kindie’ stars Lori Henriques and Mo Phillips, and puppets from PBS-TV’s ‘Between the Lions.’ Daylong activities include yoga and other fitness fun, hula hooping, drumming, arts and crafts, face-painting, and at least 20 vendors providing food and activities. Sponsors for this exciting event include the Northwestern Mutual, the City of Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego Public Library, the Friends of the Library, Wordstock, and many more.” Complete schedule and all details here: I’m really excited to see that awesome local anti-bullying advocate and author Trudy Ludwig will be on stage at 1PM, and kid’s music hip-hop superstar Secret Agent 23 Skidoo from Asheville, NC will be on stage at 3:05. Groovy!

Rick Huddle presents, “Secret Agent Underground”, Saturday, August 3, 2PM, Hollywood Library. Free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM. “We’ve lost our top agent, #X. He went on an underground mission two months ago and we have not heard from him since. Where can he be? Is he in danger? Has he been captured? Help us locate #X before it’s too late! Join performer Rick Huddle on this musical mystery filled with storytelling, songs and puppets.”

Over the Bridge and Through the Woods Hike”, Saturday, August 3, 1PM-4PM, St. Johns City Park, N. Chicago Ave. and N. Central St., Pdx. $10. Preregistration required; register online: “This hike will take you on an urban forest exploration over the Saint John’s Bridge and into the heart of Forest Park. From the sturdy green arches of the bridge to the swaying green arcs of the alders, discover North Portland’s one-of-a-kind gateway into Forest Park.”

Public Night at the Haggart Observatory”, Saturday, August 3, 9:30PM until around 12AM, Haggart Observatory on the grounds of the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Free. Please call 503-594-6044 after 3PM on the day of the event to hear a recording that will tell you if it is too cloudy for this event to take place. You may climb the stairs to the observation deck and have a turn looking through the main telescope! No flashlights please. More info here:

Portland Actors Ensemble Presents, Shakespeare’s “The Tale of Cymbeline”, Saturday, August 3, 6PM, Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Hwy., Marylhurst; Sunday, August 4, 6PM,Columbia Park, 1900 SW Cherry Park Rd., Troutdale; Friday, August 9, 7PM, Portland Outdoor Shakespeare Festival, Post5Theatre, 850 NE 81st Ave., Pdx; Saturday August 10 and Sunday, August 11, 3PM, Washington Park, SW Washington Way in the lower park just north of the Holocaust Memorial; Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18, 3PM, Gabriel Park, SW 37th Ave. and SW Nevada St., east side of park; Saturday August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 3PM, Fernhill Park, NE 37th Ave and Ainsworth S. on the NE 41st Ave side; and Saturday, August 31, Sunday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2, 3PM, SE Woodstock and SE Reed College Pl. in front of Eliot Hall. Free.

Sunday Guided Walks”, Sundays in August, 10AM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free. “Sunday guided walks focus on a longer walk to experience different areas of the park. Ideal for adults and kids who are able to walk 2-4 miles for 2-3 hours on varying levels of terrain.” August 4- Urban Wildlife: Creek Critters; August 11- It’s Still Alive! The Restoration of Tryon Creek; August 18- Urban Wildlife: The Big Critters of Tryon Creek; August 25- Urban Wildlife: The Big Critters of Tryon Creek.

Poet Reading, “Margaret Chula, Melanie Green and Scott Starbuck”, Sunday, August 4, 4PM, Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. “Three poets with ties to the Pacific Northwest present their newest collections.”

Marquam Mosaic Art in the Park”, Sunday, August 4 through Saturday, August 31, various dates and times at the Marquam Nature Park Shelter, SW Marquam St. and SW Sam Jackson Pkwy., Pdx. Suggested for ages 5 and up. No registration required. “Help create the new 100’ mosaic at the Marquam Mature Park shelter. Lead by Artist Lynn Takata, open workshops are being held at the shelter during the month of August. With a forest habitat theme, activities include creating ceramics, arranging mosaics and installing pieces on the amphitheater wall.”

Champoeg Park Animals”, Sundays in August, 7PM-8PM, Champoeg State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Champoeg Park Animals Learn the Park animals and their Native American meaning. Also listen to traditional Kalapuya stories!”

All-Ages Bhangra Dance Social”, Sunday, August 4, 5PM-7:30PM, Viscount Dance Studio, 720 SE Sandy Blvd., Pdx. $5. Presented by DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid. “On the first Sunday of every month DJ Anjali welcomes people of all ages to the Viscount Dance Studio for a bhangra dance gathering that starts with a dance lesson and turns into a fun-filled dance party.”

Native American Edible Plants”, Wednesdays in August, 10AM-11AM, Champoeg State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Learn to identify edible plants and wild berries within the park. Also includes how to identify non-edible plants like Poison Oak and Nettle within the park!”

Make it in 3D”, Monday, August 5, 4PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Watch Trinity Labs' 3D printers in action and learn about their present and future uses.”

Junior Rangers: Critters, Critters, Critters!”, Monday, August 5, and Monday, August 19, 10AM-11AM, Champoeg State Park, Campground Program Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Junior Rangers: Critters, Critters, Critters! Campground Program Area Be a field scientist and catch and identify bugs and grubs. Record your findings in your field journal that you make.”

Soccer City USA: The Birth and Rise of the Portland Timbers”, Monday, August 5, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx. Free. Minors welcome with a parent. “The Oregon Encyclopedia gives a nod to Timbers fever with this presentation on the history of Portland’s soccer franchise. Take a look back at the Timbers’ first season in 1975, a season so successful that it landed the Timbers in the NASL Soccer Bowl and earned Portland the nickname ‘Soccer City USA’.” This venue has very limited seating and parking is difficult in the Pearl. I definitely suggest arriving early. Doors open at 6PM.

Paper, Plastic, or Cotton Tote Bag? Life Cycle Assessments for Everyday Objects”, Monday, August 5, 7PM, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx. $5 requested donation. Minors welcome with an adult. Presented by Prof. of Chemistry David Tyler, PhD. “Every day we are confronted with choices that impact our environment: Paper, plastic, or reusable tote bag? Disposable plastic cup or reusable ceramic mug? Prius or Hummer? How do we really know what’s best for the environment? Learn more about how we evaluate the environmental impacts of various materials and products and some of the fundamental principles of green chemistry and sustainability as well. Warning: your intuition about environmental impacts is not always right!”

August Educational Mondays for Kids”, The Bomber Restaurant, 13515 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie. “Register kids ages 8-16 for these fun two-hour mini-camps to learn about Flag History, adventurous stories from real American heroes in WWII and a look at aviation history. Sign-up or request a flyer for more information. Contact: Terry, 503-654-6491,

Mi Piñata”, Tuesday, August 6, 2PM, Holgate Library; Saturday, August 10, 3PM, Kenton Library; and Saturday, August 24, 11AM, Troutdale Library (preregistration required; register online:ñata/11189). “In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the Mexican piñata and the meaning and role of this tradition in Mexican celebrations. Under the instruction of Nelda Reyes and Gerardo Calderón, participants will craft their own cardboard piñata and decorate it with colored papers. As they complete their project, they will learn the traditional piñata song.”

Mad Science Presents, “Up, Up and Away!”, Tuesday, August 6, 2:30PM, Capital Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 2PM); Wednesday, August 7, 3PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; and Thursday, August 8, 3PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given away at 2:30PM). “Let our mad scientist teach you about the many uses of that much misunderstood state of matter, gas. Enjoy a Mad Science magic trick and get ready to be dazzled by a series of experiments that feature the awesome power of gas: air, hot air, air pressure, moving air, smoke and suction are all up for demonstration. Come and let science float your boat!”

Steve’s Creature Feature”, Tuesday, August 6, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin; Wednesday, August 7, 3PM, Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St., Woodland, WA (outside weather permitting and followed by an ice cream social); Tuesday, August 13, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library; Wednesday, August 14, 3:30PM, Hillsdale Library (free tickets will be given out at 3PM); Tuesday, August 20, 2PM, Holgate Library; Thursday, August 22, 4:30PM, Kenton Library (free tickets will be given out at 4:20); Thursday, August 29, 1PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St, Oregon City; and Thursday, August 29, 3PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out at 2:30PM). “Explore the amazing world of reptiles with Steve Lattanzi. Kids will be able to safely see, hear and touch some of the most amazing creatures on earth. Nature doesn't get any more real and fun than this! Steve is a well traveled wildlife expert who specializes in studying exotic animals from around the world.” Highly recommended!

Hitchcock Presents: An Evening of Short Stories in Honor of Alfred Hitchcock”, Tuesday, August 6, 6:45PM, Vancouver Community Library, Vancouver Room 5th Floor. “Celebrate Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday with an evening of plot twists and suspense. Our storyteller will present short stories of crime and mystery that would please the master himself.”

Homeschool Literary Circle”, Tuesday, August 6, 1PM, Fairview Columbia Library. “Calling all homeschoolers age 10-14! Make new friends and talk about great books. Read The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall.”

Ventriloquist Steve Taylor and Rudy”, Tuesday, August 6, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Destination for Discovering the Motherlode - Laugh along with Steve and ventriloquist dummy Rudy O'Riley.”

Smarty Pants”, Tuesday, August 6, 2PM, Canby Library; and Thursday, August 8, 1PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St, Oregon City. “This fun interactive game show, for audiences of all ages, tests contestants’ knowledge about nutrition, living green, physical activity and more! Do you have what it takes to earn your ‘I’m a Smarty Pants’ badge? Learn how to make the healthy choice the fun choice. ”

Wàlamt: Who Once Lived Here?”, Tuesday, August 6, 7PM, Tigard Library. “Archaeologist Karla Hambelton from Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc. will track the history of the native peoples of Tigard from approximately 1,500 years ago to the present. Wàlamt refers to a Clackamas Indian village located along the Willamette River. Euro-Americans adopted this name, changed the spelling and used it to refer to the Willamette River.”

The Reptile Man”, Tuesday, August 6, 6PM, Cascade Locks Library; Wednesday, August 7, 11AM, Parkdale Library; Wednesday, August 7, 5:30PM, Hood River Library; Saturday, August 10, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library (ages 5-12); Wednesday, August 14, 2PM, Gresham Library; Saturday, August 17, 2:30PM, Cedar Hills Crossing, 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton; Wednesday, August 21, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains; and Thursday, August 22, 9:30AM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone. “This educational and hands-on presentation exhibits 15-20 reptiles from diverse habitats.” Highly recommended!

Concert, “Johannes Murphy and Dan Crothers”, Tuesday, August 6, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library. “Bringing the best Broadway tunes and popular jazz to Lake Oswego Public Library are Johannes Murphy and Dan Crothers!”

Let’s Go Paddling!”, Tuesdays in August, 9AM, Milo McIver State Park, Rivermill Reservoir Boat Launch; and Friday, August 16, 10AM, Rooster Rock State Park, Boat Ramp Area. $15. For ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; call 1-888-953-7677. Ever wanted to hop in a kayak and paddle around but didn’t know where to start? At Let’s Go Paddling!, we’ll get you started by teaching you the basics of kayaking. All equipment is provided. You bring drinking water, snacks, comfortable clothes, shoes that can get wet, and protection from the sun. Open to paddlers 8 years and older, although 8-14 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 18 are not allowed to register without an accompanying parent/guardian. No pets.”

Central is 100! Making the Library Be Alive: Portland's Librarian, Mary Frances Isom”, Tuesday, August 6, 6:30PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “As the first woman to lead what became the Multnomah County Library, Mary Frances Isom needed just ten years to transform a small private library into the strong roots of our great system today. One of her most significant achievements was the creation of Central Library, which opened on September 8, 1913. In a lively presentation, Canby Library Director Penny Hummel tells the story of this remarkable woman, who negotiated with politicians and powerful citizens and improved library services to the most needy, all in era when she couldn’t even vote.”

Washington County Mobile Museum”, Wednesday, August 7, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. “Come learn all about the first people of Washington County, the Atfalati-Kalapuya. Find out about what they wore, ate and where they lived.”

Summer Programs for Youth”, Wednesdays through August 21, 1PM, Washington County Museum, 210 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free with admission ($6 for adults, $4 for youth, seniors and active military, free for kids 3 and under). Suggested for ages 8-12. August 7: Take Me Out To the Ball Game. “Join us as we simulate a fun day at the ball park. Go home with a pendent souvenir, look inside a baseball, make baseball card scrapbooks and play baseball trivia.” August 14- Owl Puke. “Owl pellets are masses of bone, teeth, hair, feathers and exoskeletons of various animals preyed upon by raptors, or birds of prey. Learn about raptors and dissect a pellet.” August 21- First People of Washington County. “The Atfalati-Kalapuya were the first residents of Washington County. Learn how the Atfalati dressed, what they ate and where they lived. Make and play a stick game, handle furs and stone tools, and try your hand at a traditional craft.”

Wednesday Twilight Hikes”, Wednesdays in August, 7PM-8:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Suggested for ages 8 and up. “One of nature’s most spectacular events takes place daily at Tryon Creek as day turns to night and the familiar becomes the mysterious. Join a ranger for an hour and a half dusk hike to discover the creatures of the night and explore their nighttime senses. From owl exploration and bat chats to sensory hikes, there is something for all ages in this weekly summer hike.”

Science Class: Super Structures”, Wednesday, August 7, 10AM and 11:30AM, Wilsonville Library. Suggested for grades 1-5. Presented by Mad Science. Preregistration required; call 503-570-1599.

Nature Discovery in the Evening”, Wednesdays in August, 5PM-7PM, Tryon Creek State Park, Nature Center Classroom. “We've got bones, animal pelts, live animals and all sorts of other cool stuff we want to share with you. Each session will have a specific theme, but it's not a structured program, so you can come and go as you please. Free to all ages--no registration required.”

Tears of Joy Presents, “Clever Quwi: The Underground Adventures of a Trickster Guinea Pig”, Wednesday, August 7, 4:30PM, Kenton Library; and Wednesday, August 14, 2:30PM, Sellwood Community Center, 1436 SE Spokane St., Pdx. “This bilingual and interactive one-person puppet show pits the cunning Quwi against the dimwitted Zorro the fox. Quwi tricks Zorro into holding a large boulder to keep up the sky and digging a deep burrow to hide from the end of the world. With recognizable themes from Looney Toons and Brer Rabbit, this tale dives deep into fun and trickery!”

Rocks from the Sky”, Wednesday, August 7, 7PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Join local meteorite enthusiast and Portland State University field scientist Dick Pugh as he explores the different categories of meteorites and their history. A large collection of meteorites will be on display during and after the presentation. The public is encouraged to bring samples of rocks they think may be meteorites for examination and identification.”

The Bug Chicks”, Wednesday, August 7, 3:30PM, Hillsdale Library; Thursday, August 8, 1PM and 2:30PM; Wilsonville Library (Suggested for grades 1-5. Preregistration required; call 503-570-1599); Wednesday, August 14, 4PM, Kenton Library (free tickets will be given out at 3:50PM); Thursday, August 15, 3PM, Belmont Library (free tickets will be given out at 2:30PM); and Thursday, August 22, 3PM, Gregory Heights Library. “You will not be scared of bugs after learning about all the amazing things they can do! Join the Bug Chicks, two female entomologists (bug scientists), in exploring the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. You can even hold, pet and look at all sorts of crazy creatures including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more!”  Highly recommended!

Watermelon Seed Spittin’ Contest”, Wednesday, August 7, 3PM, Cornelius Library. “Join us for our annual Watermelon Feed and Seed Spittin' Contest! Eat watermelon, save the seeds, see how far you can spit the seed! Kids, Teens, and Adults are all welcome to participate in this wonderful family fun event!”

Kids History Crafts”, Wednesday, August 7, 11AM, Tualatin Library. “Join us for a special craft program celebrating Tualatin's Centennial. We'll make the kinds of crafts that the kids who lived in Tualatin a 100 years ago would have made.”

OMSI Presents, “Prehistoric Dinosaurs”, Wednesday, August 7, 1PM and 3PM, Battle Ground Community Library, Battle Ground, WA (preregistration required; call 360-687-2322); Thursday, August 8, 9:30AM, and 12:30PM, Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Gladstone (Preregistration required; call the Gladstone Library (503) 656-2411); Wednesday, August 14, 3PM and 4PM, Fairview-Columbia Library; and Thursday, August 22, 3PM and 4PM, Belmont Library. “What do you know about dinosaurs? Paleontology, the science of studying fossils, is the best way for us to learn all about these prehistoric creatures. Join OMSI science educators and become a fossil-digging paleontologist for a day as you learn how to reassemble a complete dinosaur from just a few pieces.”

Science in the Park”, Wednesday, August 7 and 14, 11AM-1PM, Esther Short Park, 8th and Esther St., Vancouver. “Science in the Park is a special learning treat awaiting families who enjoy Vancouver's summertime Noon Concert Series, held on the six consecutive Wednesdays following July 4, at Esther Short Park, located at Eighth and Esther streets in downtown Vancouver. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to and during every Noon Concert, children can try hands-on crafts and experiments, all designed for fun and learning about water, nature and the environment.” August 7- Marvelous Salmon; August 14- Mysterious Dinosaurs.

James and Cecelia McKay (1865): Buying the Mill”, Wednesday, August 7, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free. “James and Cecelia’s trip to Oregon began in Scotland and was filled with loss. Beginning with a move to Illinois, they came further west across the Oregon Trail and down the Columbia in 1847. They settled with other Catholic families in the St. Paul area. To pay for the mill they sought to buy at St. Paul, they traveled to California in 1849. They returned to St. Paul and raised a large influential family. James began as a ships carpenter and ended as owner of a block of buildings in downtown Portland. It is a story of hope fulfilled. Donna and Mark Hinds, from the Friends of Champoeg, perform this vignette in authentic costume.”

Lab Rats: Dig In!”, Wednesday, August 7, 3PM, Vancouver Community Library. “Self-guided family science exploration. This month: Dig In! Explore the science of food.”

Nature Illustration for Children”, Wednesdays in August, 9AM-12PM, Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Pdx. $15 per class. If you sign up for all 4 classes, you get a class discount of $50 and a free Leach Garden membership. Preregistration required; register online: Suggested for ages 9-14. “We will learn to look and really SEE how a flower, leaves, branches, and parts of Mother Nature are con­structed. We’ll create a detailed botanical drawing from life using pencil, fine-point drawing pens and any other preferred media on paper. This class is suitable for all art skill levels. Supplies included.”

Summer Arts on Main Street”, Wednesdays in August, on SW Main St. in front of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway. 10AM-2PM is a craft fair, and there are free concerts at 12PM and 5PM. See their website for complete details:

Gold Mining in Oregon”, Wednesday, August 7, 7PM, Tigard Library. “Do you have gold fever? Geologist Clark Niewendorp from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries will discuss the glory days of gold mining and the resurgent interest in such endeavors as placer mining and pocket mining.”

Tillamook County Fair”, Wednesday, August 7 through Saturday, August 10, 10AM-10PM, Tillamook County Fairgrounds, 4603 3rd St., Tillamook. Admission $10 adults, $6 ages 6-11. Seniors $6 on Thursday. Kids 15 and under free with 2 cans of food on Wednesday 10AM-4PM. Parking $5. Brad’s World Reptiles, horse racing, ice cream tasting, and lots more.

Rice Northwest Museum -Rocks and Identification Program”, Thursday, August 8, 10AM, Beaverton Library, Meeting Room B. “The Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals will offer a hands-on class on identifying rocks and minerals. We will walk through the different properties we use to identify minerals such as color, streak, hardness, and luster. Class attendees will see and touch examples of minerals that display these properties. Next we will learn some of the different properties of rocks and combine these with our new knowledge of mineral identification. Learn to identify granites, volcanic rocks, marble, sandstone, etc. Presented by Lara O’Dwyer Brown, Ph.D., Curator. Free and open to the public.”

Origami”, Thursday, August 8, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library. “Learn the art of origami folding from Sensei Lois during this fun afternoon program.”

Meet the Artist: Marion Newton”, Thursday, August 8, 4PM, Goldendale Community Library. “Everyone is welcome to meet this month's feature artist, Marion Newton. Newton's works reflect her love of travel and beautiful landscapes, whether expressed in oil or pen and ink. Enjoy refreshments and talk with the artist.”

Science Adventure Celebration”, Thursday, August 8, 6:30PM, Wilsonville Library. “Open to everyone! Join the science fun with a special presentation from Mad Science.”

OMSI Presents, “Crime Lab”, Thursday, August 8, 3PM and 4PM, Gregory Heights Library; Tuesday, August 13, 1PM and 2PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library; and Thursday, August 15, 1PM and 2PM, St. Johns Library (free tickets will be given out a half hour before each show). Suggested for grades 1-5. “Do you want to be a detective? Uncover clues? Follow leads? Solve mysteries? In this program, OMSI science educators will show you how to piece together the evidence of a crime scene. See first-hand how finger-prints, footprints and fibers can help catch a criminal.”

Hike Through Champoeg’s History”, Thursday, August 8, and Thursday, August 22, 12PM- 1PM, Champoeg State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Join in this Ranger Led hike Through Champoeg's History. Bring your thinking cap and your closed-toed shoes to learn more about how the Willamette River changed everything. The hike is about 1 hour long with intermittent stops to discuss the shifts in governance that happened at Champoeg in the 1800s.”

Galaxy Dance Festival”, Thursday, August 8, Friday, August 9, and Saturday, August 10, 8AM-8PM, Director Park, SW Park Ave. at Taylor St., Pdx. Free. “This three-day event will feature classes, demonstrations, and performances for all types and styles of dance.”

Concert, “Barb Ryman”, Friday, August 9, 7PM, Cedar Mill Library (weather permitting will be outside in the courtyard below the library adjacent to Walgreen’s Pharmacy). “A natural storyteller with a deep compassion for the lost and forgotten voices of our culture, Barb Ryman expects music to be more than entertaining. With a crystalline voice and skillfully played guitar, Barb delivers a rich mosaic of contemporary folk, drawing from Celtic balladry, early rock, old-time gospel, and her own unique style.”

Mad Science Presents, “Dig Into Reading”, Friday, August 9, 11AM, Canby Library. “From the layers of the earth to the critters that live in the soil to natural phenomena that occur underground, we are going to discover some amazing things if we dig deep!”

Animal Activities at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, August 9, Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Come see what creatures visit a garden and how they help it grow. Find animal footprints, see what brings butterflies and how to help birds eat better. Enjoy fun activities such as animal origami, footprint rubbings, or wildlife bookmark making. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park’s many recreational activities.”

Molalla Radio Theater Presents, “Arsenic and Old Lace”, Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10, 7PM, and Sunday, August 11, 1PM, Molalla Library.

Elf and Fairy Houses”, Saturday, August 10, 1:30PM, Tigard Library, Pruett Room. “Use sticks and leaves, trinkets and beads to construct an enchanting dwelling for a secretive magical creature.”

Loose Goose IV Hot Air Balloon Rally”, Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11, Evergreen Air and Space Museum, 500 Northeast Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville. $27 adult, $25 senior, $22 child. Both days there will be a sunrise balloon lift-off at 6AM followed by breakfast in the space museum. Saturday there will be a concert by Mike Strickland at 6PM ($3) and Sunset Night Glow at 8PM. “This year is the 6th Annual Loose Goose Hot Air Balloon Rally. Come see the colorful balloons take flight from the Museum in the morning and light up the evening sky with the “Night Glow.” Celebrate with food, beer, wine and activities.”

Hunters of the Sky”, Saturday, August 10, 7PM, Champoeg State Park, Amphitheater. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Hunters of the Sky : An introduction to basic raptor biology and a glimpse into the birds' lives with an overview of how they exist in the environment and why they are important. A presentation with live birds of prey.”

Museum Collection Open House”, Saturday, August 10, 12PM and 2PM, Fort Vancouver National Historical Site, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver, WA. Free with Fort admission of $3 for adults and free for kids 15 and under. For ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; contact Museum Technician Meagan Huff at (360) 816-6255, or email “Curious about what can be discovered in Fort Vancouver's collection of two million archaeological and historic objects? Find out at our Museum Collection Open House tours! In this popular program, visitors go behind the scenes inside our curation facility to get up close to actual artifacts that come to us through archaeological excavations or are donated by members of the community. Each month's open house focuses on a different topic - ranging from military history, to hygiene and health, to our present day archaeological excavations.” The August topic: Faith at Fort Vancouver. “Learn about the diverse religious beliefs of the residents of Fort Vancouver through artifacts in our archaeological collection.”

Lents Neighborhood Nature Extravaganza”, Saturday, August 10, 4PM-8PM, corner of SE 104th Ave. and SE Yukon St., free. “Come celebrate your neighborhood by joining other Lents community members at the first ever Neighborhood Nature Extravaganza! There will be opportunities to learn and explore as well as enjoy your evening complete with food and festivities. Get to know your neighbors and learn about the exciting green initiatives forming in your neighborhood and ways to get involved. In doing so, by working together, we can create a healthier (and happier) home. Audubon Society Education Birds 4PM-6PM. Beginning at 6PM, Live music and free barbeque while supplies last.”

Battle for Roy Civil War Reenactment”, Saturday, August 10, 9AM-5PM, and Sunday, August 11, 9AM-3PM, State Route 507, Roy, WA with an opening ceremony at 10AM Saturday, battles at 11AM both days, 3PM Saturday and 2PM Sunday. Adults $10, students with ID $5, kids 7 and under and active military free. Food bank donation requested. Living history encampments and demonstrations, infantry, cavalry, artillery demonstrations, food vendors and period merchants.

Northwest Fossil Fest”, Saturday, August 10, 10AM-4PM, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, 26385 NW Groveland Dr., Hillsboro. Free admission. “North American Research Group is sponsoring a free event for families to learn about fossils, fossil collecting, preparation, identification, and display. There will be informative displays, demonstrations, and educational activities for children. Lectures are scheduled on fossil crab collecting and preparation, as well as the latest in recent fossil discoveries in the Pacific Northwest. Bring in your fossils for identification help.”

Birding at Steigerwald Lake”, Saturday, August 10, 8AM-11AM, Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal, WA. “Join Audubon Society Leaders John Nikkel and Dena Turner in a walk through the cottonwood riparian corridor and flood plain at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.”

Ten Toes Express Walking Tour: Historic Grand Ave. and Produce Row”, Saturday, August 10, 9AM, meeting at the Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Ave., Pdx. Free. 2 hours, 2.5 miles. “Explore the once central business district of the City of East Portland. Zigzag through this commercial and industrial neighborhood and into the Produce Row area, Portland’s longtime hub for food related industry.”

Big Truck Day”, Saturday, August 10, 10AM-2PM, Conestoga Rec Center, 9985 SW 125th Ave., Beaverton. “Everyone welcome for this free event! There is something for everyone. Come and admire many types of trucks and vehicles up close. You can even honk the horns! Play video games in the game truck, climb into the monster truck, visit with safety experts, win prizes hang out with Geoffrey and Chuck E. Cheese mascots, enjoy great food, do arts and crafts, have your face painted and play free games.”

Copper Creepy Crawlers”, Saturday, August 10, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library; and Saturday, August 24, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. Suggested for ages 6 and up. “Artist Kathleen Karbo will show you how to create your own bugs, spiders and crazy creepy crawlers using copper wire, beads and other materials. Gain experience with hammers, anvils and needle-nose pliers.”

Central is 100! Songs from 1913”, Saturday, August 10, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery. “At the time Central Library opened, an evening’s entertainment for many families involved gathering around the piano and singing some popular songs. Using the sheet music from Central’s collection, pianist Barbara Amell and soprano Jennie Spada will present a lively concert of music familiar and rare, ranging from ragtime piano and ‘You Made Me Love You’ to a 1913 ‘Cradle Song’ and ‘In the Cab-Cab-Cabaret.’”

Can It: Preserving Food 101”, Saturday, August 10, 1PM, St. Johns Library. “Preserving your own fruits and vegetables is a delicious and easy way to enjoy Oregon’s bounty year round. Cookbook author and culinary historian Jean Johnson will show you how to do simple home canning and will share samples of her own organic jams and pickles. Get a list of the how-tos and no-nos and leave with the knowledge to try your own batch at home.”

Connecting with Nature Through Tracks and Sign”, Saturday, August 10, 1PM-4PM, carpooling to Oxbow Regional Park from Trimet Gateway Transit Center. $10 per person. Preregistration required; register online: Lead by Cader Olive. “Want to be able to read the trails you come across in the woods? Tracks and sign of all kinds have so much to tell us about what is happening in a place. I find it to be one of the most powerful and enjoyable ways to connect with a natural area. You will learn the basic skills and knowledge here that will allow you to understand this view into nature that is all around you. This is the follow-up to the workshop we did earlier in June. This time we will be scrutinizing, interpreting, and following actual trails of wild animals. We'll learn the basics of track identification, and practice reading the stories in trails that we find and some that we make ourselves. Come prepared for a lot of fun, and bring a magnifying glass if you have one. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather. See you there!”

Home Skills and Textile Day”, Saturday, August 10, 1PM-3:30PM, Champoeg State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Come explore the sights and sounds, smells and flavors of 19th-century French Prairie life, and experience the history and spirit of Champoeg with the help of our volunteer costumed interpreters at many of our public programs.”

Geology”, Saturday, August 10, 1PM-3PM, Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Free. “Get your hands dirty while learning about geology! Discover interesting facts about ice and ancient floods. Kids and families are invited to explore with hands-on activities during this interactive Second Saturday event.”

Honeybees: The BEE-utiful Super-Organism!”, Saturday, August 10, 2PM, Hollywood Library. Free tickets will be given out at 1:30. “Are you afraid of bees? You won’t bee after learning about their magical ways with Brian Lacy, apiarist and bee enthusiast since the age of 14. This visual presentation is filled with filmed clips and stills that surround children with the sights and sounds of bees. After the presentation, children can taste honeycomb, look into a real hive (no bees) and handle equipment that beekeepers use in the field.”

32nd Annual OMAS Annual RC Air Show”, Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11, 9:30AM-4PM, 46100 NW Strohmayer Rd., Forest Grove. “Join the hundreds of spectators and aviators for an exciting weekend of amateur to expert demonstrations of aircraft and watercraft. It’s a great time to get a close and personal insight into the sport of radio control modeling. This year we are adding a food drive. Please help with a donation of items such as canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain foods, 100% fruit juice and other healthy choice foods. Enjoy the day with delicious picnic lunch selections and snacks. Shaded area and seating provided. Bring the whole family!”

Go Green and Clean”, Saturday, August 10, 10:30AM, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room Level 1. “Learn how you can replace expensive and potentially toxic cleaners for a healthier environment for your family and pets. Watershed Stewards of Clark County will provide practical tips on ‘green’ cleaning using inexpensive household products.”

"Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour", Saturday, August 10, 10AM-12PM, Lone Fir Cemetery, entrance at SE 26th Street between Stark and Morrison Sts, Pdx. $10 suggested donation, which goes towards headstone restoration and educational programs. "Come for an informal history lesson while enjoying the beauty and tranquility of Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery in SE Portland. Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery conducts monthly tours, highlighting Portland’s founders, pioneers, its famous and infamous alike, as well as interesting headstones and monuments. Come visit this hidden jewel! Explore 30 acres of mature trees, a very special rose garden and fascinating architecture in this unique place, the only cemetery in Portland listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Suitable for all ages. No advance registration required. Wheelchair accessible by arrangement. We suggest a $10 donation, and we also offer FLFC merchandise at the tours: t-shirts, hoodies, keychains, stickers, tote bags, bookmarks, and magnets. All proceeds go directly to cemetery restoration and education. Tours also available at other times by arrangement. Meet in the center of the cemetery, at the soldiers’ monument." Lone Fir was the first public cemetery in Portland, and a tour is a must for anyone learning about local history.

Lavender Wands”, Saturday, August 10, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City. Free. Hands-on demonstration. “Learn to weave fresh lavender with ribbons to make a fragrant sachet.”

Wapato Nature Walks”, Saturday, August 10, and Saturday, August 31, 8AM-11AM, Wapato Access Greenway, Sauvie Island. Suggested for ages 8 and up. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Join a Park Naturalist for Morning Guided Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks will focus on the local natural and cultural history, a peek at the rare oak savannah habitat and beginner birding basics. They will occur the last Saturday of each month. The trail around Virginia Lake is approximately 2 miles long. Bring binoculars and a water bottle. Meet in the parking lot at Wapato Access Greenway.”

One Year, One Can of Garbage: Less is More”, Sunday, August 11, 2PM, Midland Library. “Master Recycler and Metro Recycling Information Specialist Betty Shelley has filled just one can of garbage each year since 2006. Her workshop focuses on recycling and waste reduction, engaging participants through discussion and assignments to explore their actions and behaviors, and to learn ways to make lasting changes. Learn her techniques and share your own.”

Outdoor Games of México”, Sunday, August 11, 1:30PM, Tigard Library, courtyard outside the Puett Room. “Enjoy fresh air, sun on your skin and a chance to play outside. Play Avión, Encantados, Bolero and several others games that you might already know. The names may be different, but the fun will be the same!”

Traditional Technologies Day”, Sunday, August 11, 12PM-4PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Ridgefield, WA. “Discover tools, techniques, and technology that indigenous people all around the world have used for tens of thousands of years. There will be atlatl throwing, basketry demonstrations, flintknapping, hide tanning, and more!”

Portland Oregon Paper Shapers (POPS)”, Sunday, August 11, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Learn a new origami project each month with various local origami instructors.”

Make it Noisy”, Monday, August 12, 4PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. “Make and mix music with weird and wonderful instruments. Learn how our technology is changing our groove and try your hand on some cutting-edge synthesizers and MaKey MaKey controllers.”

Perseid Meteor Shower Watch”, Monday, August 12, 9PM, Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park, $5 day use fee per vehicle. “The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is getting ready for its largest star party of the year on Monday, August 12, the Perseid Meteor Shower Watch! Hundreds of star lovers from across the Pacific Northwest will be meeting at both Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park at 9 p.m. to watch and enjoy the wonder of the Perseid Meteor Shower. The event, sponsored by OMSI, the Rose City Astronomers, the Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers and Oregon Parks and Recreations will have telescopes set up for attendees to use. OMSI staff will be presenting informal talks about the meteor shower, constellations, and the summer sky. On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, 
503 797-4000 Press #3 then #5, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather-related cancellations. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.” While you can observe the meteor shower from anywhere, these parks have excellent views of the night sky far from light pollution. The August star parties are really popular, so I suggest arriving early and enjoying the park before the sun goes down. The meteor shower is magical! Don’t miss it!

Oaks Park Eid Celebration”, Monday, August 12, 4PM-10PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx. Free admission, unlimited rides $14 per person. “Zabiha/Halal food, American, Indo-Pakistani and Mediterranean ethnic food will be available for sale. Free balloons and candy. Over 4000 celebrated Eid at Oaks Park last year! Please dress modestly and be respectful to all cultures and their differences.”

Junior Rangers: Survival Games!”, Monday, August 12, and Monday, August 26, 10AM-11AM, Champoeg State Park, Campground Program Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Learn what Champoeg animals need to live. Play nature games to see if you can survive.”

Secret Agent Camp”, Tuesday, August 13, Wednesday, August 14, and Thursday, August 15, 1PM-4PM, Tigard Library. Ages 9-12. Preregistration required; register online: “At this 3-day camp, kids will hone their secret agent skills! Join us for this three day camp where you can learn the skills you need to become a secret agent super sleuth. Kids will learn to use special tools, like the library catalog, the Dewey Decimal System and our online databases to decode secret messages and solve mysteries. We'll play spy games and have mystery guests, too!”

Leapin’ Louie”, Tuesday, August 13, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie. Will be held in Scott Park next to the library, weather permitting. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “David Lichtenstein specializes in western comedy shows featuring his comedy character, Leapin’ Louie. He is a master of physical comedy, trick roping, fancy whip cracking, juggling, unicycling; a virtuoso of new vaudeville and alternative circus.”

107th Annual Clackamas County Fair”, Tuesday, August 13 through Sunday, August 18, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby. Parking $5, admission $9 adult, $5 ages 7-12 and seniors, and free for children 6 and under and seniors 75 and older. Children 12 and under are free on Sunday, and free on Tuesday with one paid adult.

Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth”, Tuesday, August 13, 1PM, St. Johns Library. “Dig into reading with Buck and Elizabeth's wonder boy son, Peter the ventriloquist, Elvis Parsley and Buddy the Crow. Singing, dancing, silliness, fun and frenzy for the whole family at your library.”

Dragon Theater Puppets presents, “I Dig Dinosaurs”, Tuesday, August 13, 7PM, Tigard Library; Saturday, August 17, 10:30AM, Troutdale Library; and Wednesday, August 28, 2PM, Vancouver Community Library. “The host Shawnry Connery builds a time machine so that he can go back and see dinosaurs. But he keeps traveling to the wrong time and accidentally takes other historical characters with him. They all end up in the past with the dinosaurs and have to find their way back to their own times!”

Mahrajan”, Sunday, August 11, 11AM-7PM, Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College, Performing Arts Center Lobby and Courtyard, 12000 SW 49th Ave., Pdx. Entrance donation of $5 includes three raffle tickets; individual raffle tickets are available for purchase on site for $2 each. Free parking lots #9 and #11. “Mahrajan, the largest celebration of Arab heritage and culture in Oregon now in its fourth year! Hosted by the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon and sponsored by the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College and Oregon Health and Science University. Delicious Arab cuisine from Taste of Lebanon, Arabic coffee, tea and refreshments from Sesame Donuts, an Arab souq (bazaar), arts and crafts, henna painting, cooking demonstrations, an art show, music, dancing, a fashion show of Arab attire from throughout the Middle East, children’s activities and a raffle for prizes…the list goes on and on in terms of entertainment at the fourth annual Arab festival – Mahrajan! This day-long, alcohol-free, and tobacco-free event showcases the arts, entertainment, food, traditions, and most importantly, the spirit of Oregon’s Arab-Americans and their contributions to Oregon’s cultural landscape.”

Gordon Munro’s Firelight Stories”, Tuesday, August 13, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 NW Nyberg St., Tualatin. “Celebrate Tualatin's Centennial with engaging stories told about living in Oregon 100 years ago. All ages.”

Hillsboro Airport History Project”, Tuesday, August 13, 7PM, Beaverton History Center, 12412 SW Broadway St., Beaverton. A presentation on the colorful history of the airfield which traces its development through the years.

Authors Among Us”, Tuesday, August 13, 6:30PM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, White Salmon, WA. “Join regional authors Elaine Busby, Joe O'Neill and Sheila Simonson who will be reading from their latest books and sharing their writers' tales. Book signing will follow the reading. Books will be available for purchase. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. Elaine Busby wrote ‘On the Rocks’. Joe O'Neill will be reading from ‘Wrath of the Caid’, book 2 of his young adult series. Sheila Simonson will be reading from ‘Beyond Confusion’, book 3 of her Latouche County Library mystery series set in the Columbia River Gorge.”

The ‘Tween Scene: Where Families Meet to Talk About Books”, Tuesday, August 13, 6:30PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Join a Parent/Child Book Discussion Group for a friendly, lively discussion on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Children ages 9-12 AND a parent must attend together, no younger children, please. Refreshments provided. This month we're reading ‘Cryptid Hunters’ by Roland Smith.”

Concert, “Thousand Waves Quartet”, Wednesday, August 14, 7PM, Tigard Library; and Friday, August 23, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Thousand Waves is a unique chamber group that fuses the classical traditions of Eastern and Western music into new thought-provoking compositions. The ensemble's ‘West meets East’ program blends the sounds of the Japanese Koto, the eight-string Spanish classical guitar, the violin and the transverse flute. Together this chamber group performs traditional and modern works by such notable composers as Bach, Corelli, Sawai, Yi, Brubeck, Paganini, and Piazzolla.”

Revolutionary Revue”, Wednesday, August 14, 1PM, Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest St., North Plains. “Join us for a musical journey through the history of the United States, produced and directed by Kevin Muir, who brought us the mathematical musical adventure, ‘Alice In Mathland!’ All ages are welcome to attend.”

Book Talk for Ages 6-9”, Thursday, August 15, 6PM, Vancouver Community Library. “Each month a free copy of the next month’s ‘book of the month’ will be given to those attending to keep and add to their home libraries. For children ages 6-9 with a participating adult. This month we're reading ‘Bad Kitty Gets a Bath’ by Nick Bruel.”

Ten Toes Express Walking Tour: Ladd’s Addition and Colonial Heights”, Thursday, August 15, 6PM, meeting at Pacific Pie Company, 1520 SE 7th Ave., Pdx. Free. 2 hrs, 3 miles. “Wind through some of Portland’s unique neighborhoods with fascinating early Portland history, scenic homes and heritage trees.”

Lacamas Valley Sheep Dog Trial”, Thursday, August 15, Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 16, 8AM-5PM, with finals Sunday, August 18, 9AM-2PM, 104 NE 252nd Ave., Camas, WA. $5 adults, free for kids 12 and under, and free parking. “The Lacamas Valley Sheep Dog Trial is a sanctioned and competitive event featuring many of the most talented handlers and dogs on the West Coast and British Columbia. Johnston Dairy, nestled in a quiet valley near Camas, Washington, is the perfect venue for this event. The international style course will be challenging for the handlers and provide exceptional spectator viewing. Spectators are encouraged to attend and your dogs are welcome. Trial programs will be distributed free of charge. Concessions open daily for breakfast and lunch.”

Subs on the Slough”, Friday, August 16, 1PM, Portland Water Bureau Launch, 16650 NE Airport Way, Pdx. Free. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for a free lunchtime tour. Learn about protecting Portland’s underground drinking water source in the Columbia Slough Watershed, and view the solar array that helps off-set the Portland Water Bureau’s energy needs. Lunch is provided at picnic tables along the scenic Columbia Slough trail.”

Hidden Portland: City Treasures!”, Friday, August 16, and Friday, August 30, 10AM-12:30PM, meeting at Director Park. $18 for adults, $15 youth, students, and seniors. Preregistration required; register online: (As of this writing, there are still some free promotional tickets left for the August 30th tour.) Lead by Carye Bye. “What if the City was a Museum? ‘Hidden Portland: City Treasures!’ attempts to answer this question by allowing tour goers to discover and appreciate the often unnoticed parts of the city. With an eye towards the small, quirky and curious, this tour lets you in on some of the little-known but best-kept secrets of the city. This is a visual and interactive tour of Portland and encourages participation, play and active learning. Focusing on the Cultural District, sites include a wide-ranging selection of public art, museums, buildings and architectural features…all bound to get you to see the Rose City with new eyes and experiences.”

Soil Superheroes at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, August 16, Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Discover how worms help plants, beetles beat bad bugs, fungi fertilize soil, and how other wild creatures can help your garden grow. Dig in to an active worm bin, find “fossils” in the ground, make a soil superhero bookmark or create other cool soil crafts. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park’s many recreational activities.”

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Hike”, Friday, August 16, 8AM-5PM, carpools departing from Portland. Suggested donation of $10. Moderate difficulty, minimal elevation gain, 5-7 miles. Preregistration required; register online: “Just two hours from Portland, a hike into the old-growth groves of Opal Creek is like a walk back in time to Oregon as it was before logging and development. Trees up to 250 feet high and 1,000 years old can be found here, as well as rare wildlife and beautiful waterfalls. This amazing area is home to a tremendous diversity of fish, wildlife, and plants, including elk, black bears, and the endangered northern spotted owl. In addition to wildlife, hikers exploring Opal Creek can marvel at the sight of dozens of waterfalls, several lakes, and massive cedar and Douglas fir trees that were already ancient when Lewis and Clark first explored Oregon 200 years ago. Though the rare old-growth forest and pristine waters of Opal Creek are today preserved as Wilderness, in the 1990s the region was the center of intense controversy over plans by the U.S. Forest Service to allow logging in this unspoiled area. The efforts of Oregon Wild and other conservation groups helped stop the logging and win Wilderness protection for Opal Creek in 1996. Find out more about the history of this magical place on this one-of-a-kind hike.”

Military Vehicles and Living History”, Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18, Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Enjoy seeing this large collection of period military vehicles lovingly restored to their showroom conditions. Camp life and demonstrations including 1st Division Infantry and 249th Coast Artillery Corps, Battery B. Military vehicles displayed courtesy of the Friends of Willie and Joe, the Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon, and the Central Coast Military Vehicle Group.”

African Storytelling with Habiba”, Saturday, August 17, 12PM, Midland Library; Wednesday, August 21, 1:30PM, Rockwood Library; and Thursday, August 22, 11AM, Garden Home Library. “Stories are meant to inspire, entertain and provoke. Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning stories about African history. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. These stories help us explore our own world as well as those far, far away.”

Adult Soapbox Derby”, Saturday, August 17, 10AM-4PM, Mt. Tabor, Pdx. Spectator map available on their website: “Every year since 1997, Portland's finest freaks have pulled their home built creations to the top of Mount Tabor and let gravity guide them to the bottom of the hill. Now in its 17th year, Portland's PDX Adult Soap box Derby is a well-loved summertime tradition at Mt. Tabor Park. The derby is a community event drawing crowds of over 5,000 people who come to watch the true color of this sidesplitting spectacle and check out some cool coaster cars. It's a perfect day for a picnic! It's a camaraderie of 42 teams who accept the challenge of building a gravity car. Some focus on speed while others test themselves with engineering and art themes. The teams race down the course three times before the championship rounds. Winners receive awards for speed, engineering, art, crowd pleasure and many more. The competition makes for an exciting day free of charge to a crowd of all ages.”

Harvest Fest”, Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18, 10AM-4PM, Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 SW Durham Lane, McMinnville. $3 per person, free for ages 12 and under. “Learn how farmers harvested their crops in the past as antique farm equipment and draft animals harvest the oat crop. View the blacksmith and sawmill shops in action, tap your toes to old-time music, have the kids participate in pioneer activities, view the agricultural and historical displays, tour the museum, enjoy home-cooked food, and enjoy a great day for all ages.”

“Maryhill Arts Festival”, Saturday, August 17, 10AM-5PM, and Sunday, August 18, 10AM-4PM, Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Dr., Goldendale, WA. Festival on the museum grounds is free. Admission to the museum is $9 for adults, $8 seniors, and free this weekend for youth 18 and under. “Held on the breathtaking grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art, in Goldendale, Washington, the Maryhill Arts Festival is a summertime tradition in the Columbia River Gorge. The festival includes artists exhibiting and selling work in a variety of media. Live music, food vendors, and hands-on art activities for children and families in the Maryhill Art Tent (both days 1 – 4 p.m.) is also part of the fun! Music on Saturday, August 17 will include the acoustic duo of Chad and Megan Moody and their refreshing take on folk music, as well as The Dalles based guitarist Jeff Carrell. On Sunday, August 18, Northwest folksinger Laddie Ray Melvin takes to the stage.”

Hood River County Fruit Loop Summer Fruit Celebration”, Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18. “Many varieties of fruits (including berries, peaches, and Gravenstein apples) and vegetables are at the peak of perfection. Join us as we celebrate our harvest of summer fruit with BBQs, U-pick, baby alpacas, ciders, jams and more. Why not bring a lunch and give the family memories of a country picnic at one of the free picnic sites made available to visitors by Fruit Loop members? See you soon.” Details here:

"The Baby Dragon Finds a Job", Saturday, August 17, 2PM; Sunday, August 18, 4PM, Friday, August 23, 7PM; Saturday, August 24, 2PM; Sunday, August 25, 4PM; and Saturday, August 31, 2PM at Ping Pong's Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St, Pdx. $7. "From our Tales of Belvuria, this is the story of how pieces of gold begin to mysteriously disappear from King Humphrey’s treasure room. The king decides to take drastic measures. Trouble, laughter, and total confusion plague the palace when the king’s tall, economy sized, mail-order dragon arrives. Was the king shorted on the deal or did he really check small economy size by mistake? Will the baby dragon get the job, and will he be able to catch the mysterious thief?"

Return from the Burn”, Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18, 10AM-5PM, Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook. “Join us for a day of fun celebrating 40 years of the Tillamook State Forest. Throughout the weekend we will host special activities and displays representing the history of the forest before, during and after the fires. Get a hug from Smokey Bear and receive a free goodie bag! Meet real forest firefighters and spray a fire hose. Participate in a smoke jumper competition. Enjoy the lifetime work of forest illustrator and cartoonist Hugh Hayes. Take a guided fire walk or lookout tower tour. Enjoy children’s story time. Create arts and crafts to take home. Check out a vintage 1930 Ford Model AA pumper truck. Win a prize by completing our Tillamook Forest Center treasure hunt. And be part of a group photo for our forest’s 40th birthday that will be hung in our center for years to come!”

Herb Walk”, Saturday, August 17, 1PM, Forest Park, Aspen Trailhead via NW Aspen Ave., Pdx. Free. Preregistration required; register online: “Join a National College of Natural Medicine student for an hour-long herb walk in Forest Park! This educational romp will focus on the medicinal uses of plants that can be found in your own backyard.”

Northwest Reptile Expo”, Saturday, August 17, 10AM-4PM, Holiday Inn Conference Center, 25425 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville. $8 adults, $4 kids ages 6012, and free for kids 5 and under. $1 off coupon available on their website: “If you are looking for a quality reptile as a new pet or are just looking for something fun and unique to do, this is it. Our shows are fun for all ages, young and old. From a $20 bearded dragon to a $4,000 rare python morph, there is something for every level of hobbyist. Over 10,000 feet of pure REPTILIAN EXCITEMENT! The show will have over 120 tables consisting of live reptiles, amphibians for sale, along with arachnids, feeder mice/insects, educational tables, cages, supplies, books and more.” It’s really fun just to come and look. Get there early to avoid long lines!

Blacksmith and Woodcraft Day”, Saturday, August 17, 1PM-3:30PM, Champoeg State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Come explore the sights and sounds, smells and flavors of 19th-century French Prairie life, and experience the history and spirit of Champoeg with the help of our volunteer costumed interpreters at many of our public programs.”

Active Transportation Day”, Saturday, August 17, 3PM, Holgate Library. “Do you want to take advantage of healthy and affordable alternatives to driving? Learn how to make your commute safer and more enjoyable when walking, biking, skateboarding, or riding a train or bus. Join us for one or all of these fun activities: Musical Performance from The Alphabeticians; Bike Bucket Building Workshops (online registration encouraged); Bike Adoption Drive; Helmet Giveaway; Free Bike Tune-up and Safety Check; Trimet Bike Rack Practice Station.”

Polynesian Weekend”, Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18, Uwajimaya, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. “Join us for Shave Ice, Hula Dancing, Poi Eating Contest, Polynesian Arts and Crafts, Rock Wall Climb, Keiki Hula Hoop Contest, Raffle Prizes and of course Ono food!”

Concert, “Avery Hill”, Saturday, August 17, 11AM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “Avery Hill joins us with her banjo to explore the connection between music and reading by signing a variety of songs that have been made into children’s books.”

Bicycle Tour of America’s Bicycle Capital”, Saturday, August 17, and Saturday, August 24, 10AM-1PM, Portland Museum of Art courtyard. $20. Preregistration required; register online: Bicycles can be rented for an additional $15. “Come discover why Portland is known as the bike capital of the US! Visit sites and personalities that define our city’s bike culture— from bike advocacy to Zoobombers. Along the ride, we’ll learn about the history of bicycles in Oregon and visit famous bike-related businesses, artworks, and landmarks. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a novice, you’ll enjoy learning about Portland’s offbeat and colorful bike community. With guest speakers Timo Forsberg (Portland Bureau of Transportation) on the history of bikes in Portland; Dingo Dizmal on the Clown House and alternative bike culture; Rex Burkholder (Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Metro) on bike advocacy and policy. And stops at United Bicycle Institute; Community Cycling Center; Zoobomb sculpture and more!”

Central is 100! Romantic Ribbon Rose Brooch”, Sunday, August 18, 2PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. Preregistration required; register online: “Head Librarian Mary Frances Isom and her female staff would no doubt have dressed up their bookish attire with an artfully placed cluster of silk ribbon roses. Ribbon rose-making is an old craft and one that is simple to master. In this class with Diane Gilleland, you’ll choose your favorite ribbon color and make a lovely cluster of roses – complete with stems and leaves – to adorn your blouse or bag.”

Chinatown/Old Town Tour”, Sunday, August 18, and Saturday, August 31, 10AM-12:30PM, beginning at Voodoo Doughnuts. $18 adults, $15 youth, students and seniors. Preregistration required; register online: “While today Portland is known as one of the whitest cities in the U.S., its multicultural and immigrant history is rich and storied. ‘Old Town/ Chinatown’ shows the challenges faced by Portland’s ethnic communities, as well as their many contributions to the city’s economy, industry and culture. Topics covered by this tour include Portland’s first African American community, Japan Town, Chinatown and more. Focusing on the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, this tour charts Portland’s urban development, and how these transformations created the city we know today.”

Rock Stars!”, Sunday, August 18, 1:30PM, Tigard Library, Pruett Room. “Meet some REAL rock stars-the building blocks of the earth beneath your feet! The Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals will answer your questions about rocks and minerals and tell you how to start your very own collection.”

India Festival”, Sunday, August 18, 11AM-9PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free. “Please be there with your family and friends to get a taste of Indian culture for FREE and get a glimpse of this growing, warm and welcoming community. We are hosting India Festival on August 18th and will celebrate India’s independence and our cultural heritage with our friends in Oregon. Our festival has grown every year with record crowds and new vendors. Don’t miss out on a memorable event that draws crowds from all over the West Coast!”

You Are There! Celebration of the City of Tualatin’s Centennial Year”, Sunday, August 18, 2PM, Historic Winona Grange, 8340 SW Seneca St., Tualatin. Donations requested. “Join us for this encore play. After a long and bitter campaign, Tualatin residents voted to incorporate and form a city government. That year was 1913. The sticking point was the subject of alcohol: the state had decreed that incorporated cities could receive tax revenues from the sale of liquor within its jurisdiction. The vote was close - 47, those who warned of the evils of saloons, to 57, those who reasoned that alcohol was going to be consumed anyway and Tualatin may as well get its share of liquor taxes. The drama that kept the community embroiled back in 1913 will be re-enacted as Historical Society members, descendants, and current City officials act out the different personalities that made this issue so important. We know who voted to incorporate. John Wesch, owner of the El Rey saloon, and Charlie Roberts, owner of the Salem Brewery were among those who signed the petition. The play was written by Sandra Lafky Carlson and Loyce Martinazzi.”

Dad Watson’s Festival of Americana”, Sunday, August 18, 1PM-10PM, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside, Pdx. Free 1PM-5PM, $10 after 5PM. All ages. “Portland's historic Crystal Ballroom is pleased to host Dad Watson's Festival of Americana, a day-long event that honors the America promoted by old-timey connoisseur Dad Watson, the building's proprietor from 1928 to 1933. In an homage to Portland's ol'-timey history, the festival presents music, dance, style, local and handcrafted delights and of course the fine art of food and drink in a day-long multi-venue celebration. Music will be front and center at DadFest, throughout the property throughout the day, and anchored by Shook Twins and Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys. Dancers can get in on the action with a hoedown, and there will be an old time music show for the kids. Meanwhile McMenamins historian Tim Hills will do a presentation featuring steel guitar player Ray Montee. Beyond music, all the adornments befitting an old timey exhibition will also be on hand to set the mood, including a blacksmith, a straight-shave barbershop, and a space where gents and ladies can play a relaxing game of corn hole. The kids can learn how to make toy harmonicas out of popsicle sticks!

Make it Showcase”, Monday, August 19, 4PM, Tigard Library, Burgess Community Room. Last in their series of “Maker Mondays”. “Did you become a maker this summer? Bring in your own project and share what you've learned. The 3D printers and MaKey MaKeys will make a repeat appearance for hands-on fun.”

Homeschool Book Party”, Tuesday, August 20, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library. Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts. Read ‘My Father's Dragon’ by Ruth Stiles Gannett.” This is a truly wonderful book! The copyright must have expired, because free audio and e-versions abound, but don’t miss the lovely illustrations.

Tales to Howl at the Moon”, Tuesday, August 20, 7PM, Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Free. “It's a full moon! Share it with storyteller Anne Rutherford as you enjoy her version of Pacific Northwest folklore told by her alter ego, adventuress Clementine Ryder, trickster tales, and songs that will make you want to dance by the light of the moon! Bring a blanket and get ready to be entertained.”

Author Talk, “Alan Weider”, Tuesday, August 20, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St., Pdx. Alan Wieder will read from his book, “Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid”. “Ruth First and Joe Slovo, husband and wife, were leaders in the war to end apartheid in South Africa. Communists, scholars, parents, and uncompromising militants, they were the perfect enemy for the white police state. Together they were swept up in the growing resistance to apartheid, and together they experienced repression and exile. Only one of them would survive to see the fall of the old regime and the founding of a new, democratic South Africa. Alan Wieder's book is the first extended biography of Ruth First and Joe Slovo. The heavily researched work draws on primary and secondary sources, as well as an extensive oral history that he has collected over many years. Intertwining personal interviews with the documentary record, Wieder portrays the complexities and contradictions of this extraordinary couple and their efforts to navigate a time of great tension, upheaval, and revolutionary hope. Nadine Gordimer has contributed the foreword to this book.”

Sao Paulo to Santos: a Brazilian Holiday”, Tuesday, August 20, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library. “Mother-daughter team Dellan and Rachael Redjou traveled to Brazil to visit a friend that had lived with Dellan’s family as a high school exchange student, longer ago than Dellan cares to admit! They will share photos of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Santos, a destination resort city for Brazilians during the holidays.”

Teatro Milagro Presents, “Aventuras de Don Quixote”, Wednesday, August 21, 2PM, Gresham Library. “A traveling troupe of actors has come to town to put on a show, but there is one small problem: the actor playing the lead role thinks he really is Don Quixote! Do they try to stop him? Or let him seek the impossible dream? Actors and audience members alike will be pulled into this interactive drama inspired by the famous novel by Cervantes. Throughout this short bilingual play, the audience will experience the adventures of a young girl who does not like to read and yet is drawn into Don Quixote’s world at the library. Unbelieving at first, she ends up a true champion for Don Quixote’s cause — ¡Leer es Poder! Reading is Power!”

Bat Chat Night Hike”, Thursday, August 22, 7:30PM, Tryon Creek. Free. Suggested for ages 6 and up. Preregistration required; register online: “Signup for a free, night hike led by trained naturalists to experience the bats of Tryon Creek up close and personal. We will talk about the amazing adaptations that allow bats to survive. We will be walking in groups to the creek and the meadow to listen to echo locating bats with the Bat Detector. Parents must accompany children during hike.”

Portland, Land of Heroes- Workshop for Girls”, Thursday, August 22, 11AM, Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St. #2, Pdx. $25. Suggested for ages 9-12. “What is a hero? How are they made? Can anyone be a hero? Do they still exist today? Are you a hero? Girls will answer these questions through reading myths about female heroes from around the world, writing and art exercises, and making a short run of zines that can be traded or sold. This workshop will be led by Lillie Craw, an IPRC Poetry Certificate graduate and published non-fiction writer. It is the inaugural program of The Sampo School, founded by Craw to engage Portland's youth in creation (rather than consumption) culture through the magic of the written word.”

Book Talk, “Super Stories of Heroes and Villains”, Thursday, August 22, 7PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. Editor Claude Lalumiere and contributors Camille Alexa and Chris Roberson will read. “Beware! Superheroes and villains are on the loose! Discover the origins of caped crusaders and their ingenious nemeses, uncover their terrible secrets, witness their victories and defeats. Who will triumph? Who might live to see another day? Only this dazzling array of award-winning and bestselling super-authors from the worlds of comics, urban fantasy, horror, science fiction, young adult, and noir can tell: Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Christopher Golden (Buffy the Vampire Slyer, Of Saints and Shadows), George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire, Wild Cards), Cory Doctorow (Little Brother), Carrie Vaughn (Kitty and the Midnight Hour), Tananarive Due (My Soul to Keep), Jonathan Lethem (The Fortress of Solitude), Tim Pratt (Blood Engines), Kim Newman (Anno Dracula), and many more.”

Festa Italiana”, Thursday, August 22 through Saturday, August 24, 11AM-11PM, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Pdx. Free admission. Thursday at 6:45 is a special performance by PSU Opera.

A-WOL Dance Collective Presents, “Art In The Dark”, Thursday, August 22 through Sunday, August 25, 8:30, Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Willamette Dr., West Linn. Ticket prices vary. All ages. “Suspended in the trees, surrounded by darkness, and soaring into another period of time… another zone… another dimension…

A-WOL invites you to enjoy this summer’s signature aerial event, Art in the Dark, with the original presentation of ‘One Shy of Ten, the Intangible Dimension.’ 

Intriguing, eerie, and mysterious, A-WOL leads audiences down a path into the absurd, the unbelievable, and the incredible. Reminiscent of a black and white science-fiction, fantasy television show in the 60’s… dancers weave through 4 story-lines- rich with just the right amount of mystery, suspense, and quirkiness to delight audiences of all ages! Think you’ve got it all figured out? Watch out (and up!) for the twists on the trapeze, flips on the fabric, pivots on the poles, swings on the chandelier, and careening of the chairs… that might leave you second-guessing what is real and what is not!

 A-WOL’s Art in the Dark annual performance is a fantastical, illuminated, full-length, evening production set in a unique and rare outdoor theater style setting. Transforming a dirt plot into a performance spot, each show is packed with the flavor of the Northwest and a wonderful taste of the talent this area has to offer! Come see why A-WOL grabbed the attention of OPB’s “Oregon Art Beat” during last year’s record-breaking season!” Highly recommended!

Author Talk, “Pat Jollota”, Thursday, August 22, 7PM, Barnes and Noble, 7700 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver. “Learn more interesting history of our city and area with the author of the popular book ‘Legendary Locals of Vancouver’ and other titles. Expect to see some local dignitaries in attendance as well. Perfect for history buffs.” “Vancouver was originally laid out as Vancouver City, to distinguish it from the Hudson's Bay's Fort Vancouver. Dr. John Mcloughlin, now known as the ‘Father of Oregon,’ treated the settlers fairly, and lost his job in return. The Short family, the Hidden family, and other pioneers settled near the fort. The US Army arrived in 1849 and took over the Hudson's Bay properties. Ulysses S. Grant planted potatoes in hopes that he could bring his family here. World War II brought a host of workers to fill positions at the Kaiser Shipyards and the Alcoa plant. Legendary Locals of Vancouver shares the stories of the people, past and present, who have shaped Vancouver's landscape.”

Concert, “The Boy Who Loved Band Aids”, Friday, August 23, 10:30AM, Central Library, US Bank Room. Free tickets will be given out at 10AM. “Join storyteller and singer Courtney Campbell as she performs upbeat original songs and stories. She will share songs like ‘The Camel with a Runny Nose’ and ‘I Don’t Want to go to Bed Sarah Said’. She will also tell the hilarious story of Hank, the boy who loved band aids. This highly interactive performance is full of songs, stories and creative movement!”

Plant Projects at Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden”, Friday, August 23, Saturday, August 24, and Sunday, August 25, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Learn how seeds travel, stems sprout, plants grow, or how flowers make fruit in a beautiful kids garden. Enjoy fun activities such as make-and-take seed planting, seed mosaics, flower origami or leaf rubbings. Come for the garden and stay to enjoy the park’s many recreational activities.”

Oregon State Fair”, Friday, August 23 through Monday, September 2, Oregon State Fair and Expo Center, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem. Advance tickets are $7 adults, $3 kids 6-12 and seniors, and free for kids 5 and under. Highlights include watching baby chicks hatch, exotic animals and raptor exhibits, and a petting zoo.

29th Annual Mt. Hood Huckleberry Festival and Barlow Trail Days", Friday, August 23, 8AM-7PM (with 7PM-10PM concert); and Sunday, August 25, 8AM-5PM, Mt. Hood Village, 65000 E. Hwy 26, near Welches. Free admission and parking. ‘1840’s Oregon Trail emigrant Samuel Welch founded the Village of Welches in the western foothills of Mount Hood in 1880. By 1890 he had modified his two story farmhouse into a hotel to go along with the campground he had built two years earlier. To celebrate, he decided to hold an annual festival to celebrate the birth of tourism on this Mountain that the Native Americans called ‘Wy’East’. This pioneer celebration survived up until the realities of the Great Depression in the 1930’s forced it to come to an abrupt halt. Then, 29 years ago, the Cascade Geographic Society revived it and started out with a table in a parking lot trying to get people to remember this Mountain’s great heritage. Today, we are celebrating our Twenty-Ninth Anniversary. The festivities include free historical tours of the Oregon Trail, original and traditional Folk music, arts and crafts, antiques and collectables, historical and natural resource exhibits, and more. One of the highlights is the ‘World’s Record-Breaking Watermelon Launch’ (Saturday afternoon), where catapults and other uniquely-designed contraptions launch watermelons and other produce into outer space. There are lots of delicious Huckleberry Pies and Tarts, Huckleberry jams and sauces and a selection of other Wild Berry jams, even fresh Huckleberries. There's a Native American Salmon bake, Native American storytelling, flute music and drumming, a ‘Huckleberry Ceremony’, and much, much more, including ‘Great Northwest Music’ featuring incredible singer-songwriters all day long, with a ‘Huckleberry Friday Evening Concert’ between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., a ‘Huckleberry Saturday Evening Concert’ between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. There will be something for the whole family! This three-day event is always held during the month of August the weekend before Labor Day Weekend.”

Bat Night”, Friday, August 23, 7:30PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Pdx. Suggested for ages 5 and up. $5 donation requested. Preregistration required; register online: “Bring your whole family to explore nature at night! Whitaker Ponds has a high diversity of bat species who wait to hunt until after the sun goes down. Join naturalist Elaine Murphy for a quick indoor bat talk and then a guided group hike.”

Bug Fest 2013”, Saturday, August 24, 11AM-4PM, Tualatin Hills Nature Park, 15655 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton. $3 per person, free for ages 2 and under. “Celebrate invertebrates and the critical roles they play in our environment. Explore discovery stations, crafts and games, and enjoy family entertainment. Inspect and admire live bugs. Catch your own bugs and bring them to be identified.”

Forest Park Secrets Hike”, Saturday, August 24, 1PM-4PM, meeting at the Wildwood Trailhead via NW Newberry Rd. $10. Preregistration required; register online: Lead by author Marcy Houle. “In the entire United States, Forest Park stands unique as a city park. Scientists have identified several features in Forest Park that make it rise above every other U.S. city park in terms of providing valuable habitat for native wildlife and natural watersheds. This hike will shed light on the scientific findings, help you understand the crucial role Forest Park plays in our City and our region, and will teach you the secrets behind the Forest Park High Five!”

Central is 100! A Downtown Walking Tour of Library History”, Saturday, August 24, and Sunday, August 25, 12:30PM, Central Library. Preregistration required; register online for August 24 here: and August 25 here: Presented by Know Your City. “The Central Library will be 100 years old in September 2013, but Portland has been a book-loving town for far longer than that. Enjoy a two-hour walking tour of 150 years of library history, guided by local nonprofit Know Your City, with special guests A.E. Doyle biographer Philip Niles and librarians who will share treasures from the library’s archives and special collections. Learn about the origins of our modern library system by visiting the Multnomah County Library’s three previous locations, People’s Free Reading Room, bookdrop at Transcentral and more. The tour will depart from Portland’s historic Skidmore Fountain (SW 1st Avenue and Ankeny) and concludes at the Central Library.”

Annual Dahlia Festival”, August 24, 25, 26, 31, and September 1 and 2, indoor display hours 10AM-6PM, field hours 8AM-6PM, Swan Island Dahlias, 995 NW 22nd Ave., Canby. Free admission and parking. “A must see for the dahlia lover, or if you just love flowers. View over 400 floral arrangements of dahlias in our two indoor display rooms. These displays vary in size from teacup to floor to ceiling extravaganzas!! This is the largest display put on by one grower anywhere in the United States! You can also take a stroll through and view over 40 acres of dahlias in full bloom during the show. Be sure to take some cut flowers home with you to extend your visit and remember the beauty. Food booths and refreshments will be located at the farm during this event.”

Birding at Vancouver Lake Park”, Saturday, August 24, 7AM-10AM, 6801 NW Lower River Rd., Vancouver, meeting at the parking lot in front of the middle bathrooms. This park has a $3 day use fee per vehicle. “Join Audubon Society leader Ron Escano at Vancouver Lake Park to scope the lake for water birds then explore the riparian woodland for early fall migrants.”

The Oregon Renaissance Festival of Hillsboro”, Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day, 10AM-7PM, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. $20 adults, $10 kids 5-12, free for kids 4 and under. “This summer, the Washington County Fair Complex in the city of Hillsboro will host a re-creation of a 16th century European village for 13 days of merriment, The Oregon Renaissance Festival of Hillsboro! Bringing together some of the most talented artists and non-stop amazing stage entertainment, this is an event not to be missed. A renaissance of the Renaissance! Improv theatre surrounds as the village streets bustle with characters to greet you. Immerse yourself in this joyful celebration of life, love, laughter and drama. Marvel at the pageantry of a day in the life of the Queen, her royal court and village merchants. History comes alive along with your imagination! Thrill to see knights in shining armor in a live Jousting Tournament. Throughout the village, beautiful maidens, wandering minstrels, joking jesters and jugglers abound. Magicians, acrobats, comedians, swordfighters, pirates and fairies entertain and delight, all the while you feast on renaissance inspired food and drink by some of the best food purveyors in the land. Savory turkey legs, steak on a stake, bangers and mash, chocolate covered cheesecake, cappuccinos and much more! Enjoy a unique shopping experience where you will find hand made jewelry, pottery, woodworking, leatherwork, fine metal craftsmanship, renaissance clothing and much more. See one of a kind creations made right before your eyes during skilled artisan demonstrations. Entertaining games, and unique hand-powered rides are sure to keep you wondering how time flies so fast in the past. Join us and celebrate with continuous laughter, the many surprises that await you in the joy of the Renaissance!”

Geology Rocks!”, Saturday, August 24, 1PM, Battle Ground Library. Suggested for ages 5-11. “Calling all future geologists: come learn some amazing ways we use rocks in our everyday lives (bring one to identify), experience an earthquake first hand, and create your own pet rock to take home!”

Brian Hunter’s Baseball Physics 101”, Saturday, August 24, 2PM, Three Creeks Community Library, Vancouver. “Explore the tools of baseball through the years and how design and physics influence America's game. All kinds of memorabilia will be on hand!”

Dirt Time”, Sunday, August 25, 9AM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham. Meeting at the Flood Plain parking area. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. The last Sunday of each month, the Portland Tracking Club meets to see what amazing animal signs they can find. Beginners are welcome. You can confirm tracking events on their Facebook page:

Viruses from Hell: A Voyage of Discovery”, Monday, August 26, 7PM, Venetian Theater, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Suggested donation $5. Minors welcome with an adult. Presented by Prof. of Biology Ken Stedman, Ph.D. “Viruses outnumber all other life forms on planet Earth by at least an order of magnitude, they influence global climate, and are a large part of genomes of all cellular life, including humans. Viruses exist everywhere that we have looked, even in the boiling acid of volcanic hot springs. In this Science Pub, Ken Stedman will focus on some bizarre and unique viruses that he and his group have discovered in volcanic hot springs from Yellowstone to Kamchatka and beyond. Research on these “Viruses from Hell” allows insight into fundamental issues of virus origins and evolution. Moreover, these viruses have possible applications for cancer therapy, medical imaging, vaccines, and early detection of emerging infectious disease.”

Oregon Ballet Theater Exposed”, Monday, August 26 through Friday, August 30, 11AM-6:45PM, Director Park, SW Park Ave. and SW Yamhill St. Free. “Once again this summer, OBT is moving our dance studios outdoors to Director Park in downtown Portland, offering visitors of all ages the opportunity to sneak a peek inside the process of staging a ballet. This year’s OBT Exposed will usher in the next era for the company, featuring our dancers’ first days working under the direction of new Artistic Director Kevin Irving. Each morning, you will have the opportunity to watch the dancers take their daily class, designed to perfect their technique and develop the physical and artistic qualities required of classical dancers. The class begins with barre exercises and continues with complicated combinations of turns and jumps culminating in virtuoso athleticism. Each afternoon, the company will be rehearsing the fall program, including audience favorite A Midsummer Nights’s Dream and a company premiere by acclaimed choreographer Nacho Duato. Bring your lunch, relax with friends or treat your loved ones to the beauty and grace of OBT's dancers and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to stage a ballet. Other activities throughout the week will include classes for children and adults taught by skilled dance instructors, and a showing of the feature film “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” starring Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Rupert Everett! All events are completely FREE!” Details here:

Author Talk, “Grace and Paul Pitzer”, Tuesday, August 27, 7PM, Garden Home Library. “Paul and Grace Pitzer have traveled around the world and have the photos to prove it. They have also self-published books of their photos from Cuba to Africa and Antarctica. They will share their stories, pictures and more during this presentation.”

It’s Tomorrow! Overcoming Procrastination”, Tuesday, August 27, 5:30PM, Hollywood Library. “Now that it's summer, how are those New Year's resolutions turning out? Are they still worth pursuing or have they been permanently kicked to the curb? Consulting Hypnotist Christine Dupres, PhD, will help you identify when you procrastinate, determine the value in what you want to accomplish, and then reward you for a job well done! You'll understand how you can move from that familiar feeling of resistance and rewire it to be a lively recognition of what is important to you, taking powerful action for the sake of fulfilling rewards.”

Author Reading, “Aaron Hirsh”, Tuesday, August 27, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “By turns epic and intimate, Telling Our Way to the Sea is both a staggering revelation of unraveling ecosystems and a profound meditation on our changing relationships with nature—and with one another. When the biologists Aaron Hirsh and Veronica Volny, along with their friend Graham Burnett, a historian of science, lead twelve college students to a remote fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, they come upon a bay of dazzling beauty and richness. But as the group pursues various threads of investigation—ecological and evolutionary studies of the sea, the desert, and their various species of animals and plants; the stories of local villagers; the journals of conquistadors and explorers—they recognize that the bay, spectacular and pristine though it seems, is but a ghost of what it once was. Life in the Sea of Cortez, they realize, has been reshaped by complex human ideas and decisions—the laws and economics of fishing, property, and water; the dreams of developers and the fantasies of tourists seeking the wild; even efforts to retrieve species from the brink of extinction—all of which have caused dramatic upheavals in the ecosystem. It is a painful realization, but the students discover a way forward. After weathering a hurricane and encountering a rare whale in its wake, they come to see that the bay’s best chance of recovery may in fact reside in our own human stories, which can weave a compelling memory of the place. Glimpsing the intricate and ever-shifting web of human connections with the Sea of Cortez, the students comprehend anew their own place in the natural world—suspended between past and future, teetering between abundance and loss. The redemption in their difficult realization is that as they find their places in a profoundly altered environment, they also recognize their roles in the path ahead, and ultimately come to see one another, and themselves, in a new light.”!board/c14e3

Family Campfire Adventure”, August 27, 6:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park. $6 per person. Preregistration required; register online: “Incredible Insects - on this night we’ll travel through the forest finding moths, spiders, crickets, and all sorts of other cool critters We’ll use black lights, our special recipe of moth sugar, and other tricks of the trade to see as many insects as possible. Following our hike we’ll make a campfire, and get our own dose of sugar as we make S’mores for dessert.”

Fairy Tale Mash-up”, Wednesday, August 28, 3PM, The Mall Library Connection, Vancouver. “Fun for families! Was the Big Bad Wolf really a villain? Was Goldilocks innocent or is this a case of B and E? What kind of a queen would put a pea under a princesses' mattress? Decide for yourself as we read a story and create our own fairy tales.”

Central is 100! Beauty of the City: Portland’s Architect, A. E. Doyle”,  Tuesday, August 27, 6:30PM, Central Library, US Bank Room. “In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as Portland expanded beyond its frontier origins and provincialism, architect Albert Ernest Doyle helped introduce East Coast and European sophistication, defining Portland’s vibrant core and contributing to the city's beauty as much today as it did 80 years ago. Among the many treasures he created in his short career, the Central Library stands out. Using A.E. Doyle's own diaries and letters and his firm's records, historian Philip Niles traces the origins of Central Library and discusses Doyle's reaction to its performance as a working library.”

Concert, “Ronnie Robins”, Thursday, August 29, 11AM, Garden Home Library. Brazilian rhythms.

Ten Toes Express Walking Tours: South Waterfront and Hooley Bridge Loop”, Thursday, August 29, 6PM, meeting at the Lower Tram station, SW Gibbs St. and Moody Ave., Pdx. Free. 2 hours, 2.5 miles. “Loop through the quickly changing South Waterfront District and see and hear about the new buildings, bridges and streets reshaping the landscape.”

Book Adventures: Back To School Daze”, Thursday, August 29, 4PM, Battle Ground Library. “Are you ready? It's almost that time! This month we will be reading back-to-school stories, talking about school customs from around the world, and then making our own Schultüte.”

Let’s Go Birding by Boat!”, Friday, August 30, 6:30PM, Milo McIver State Park, Rivermill Reservoir Boat Launch. $15. Ages 8 and up. Preregistration required; call 888-953-7677. “Ever wanted to hop in a kayak and paddle around but didn’t know where to start? At Let’s Go Paddling!, we’ll get you started by teaching you the basics of kayaking. All equipment is provided. You bring drinking water, snacks, comfortable clothes, shoes that can get wet, and protection from the sun. Open to paddlers 8 years and older, although 8-14 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 18 are not allowed to register without an accompanying parent/guardian. No pets.”

Moveable Murals”, Saturday, August 31, 10:30AM, Albina Library. “Have you always wanted a mural painted in your bedroom, playroom or kitchen? 'Movable' murals are painted on vinyl and window cling, which can be stuck and unstuck to any wall surface without leaving a mark. Join artist Addie Boswell in creating your first small movable pieces by drawing a design and painting it in with acrylics. Take home your wall art and the skills to make more on your own.”

Kumoricon 2013”, Saturday, August 31, Sunday, September 1, and Monday, September 2, Hilton Vancouver and Red Lion Hotel, Vancouver, WA. $40 per person with advance registration. Not cheap but pretty neat! “Kumori is the Japanese word for 'cloudy', and when you think of conventions in the Northwest, there really isn't a better way to describe them! For 10 years now, anime fans have gathered together for an amazing convention, now held on Labor Day weekend, rain or shine. At Kumoricon we celebrate all things anime and manga.”

Annual Open Cockpit Day”, Saturday, August 31, 9AM-5PM, Pearson Field, 101 NE Reserve St., Vancouver. “Free airplane rides are offered to youth ages 8 through 17 with written permission from parents/guardians! Rides will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early registration recommended.”

Farmstead Day”, Saturday, August 31, 1PM-4PM, Champoeg State Park. Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee. “Learn how to hand-churn butter, thresh and winnow wheat and see fur trappers and pioneers demonstrating their skills at this annual celebration of Oregon’s rugged pioneer roots. The day offers music, living history demonstrations and a chance to take home some of the fresh produce from the 1860s kitchen garden.”

Cornbread and Bluegrass Day”, Saturday, August 31, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA. Free. “Cornbread has a long and colorful history in America. Cornbread, hoe-cakes, johnnycakes. hush puppies, anadama bread are just some of the names that are variations on the humble cornbread. Our cornbread will come to you dressed up with onions, bacon, chilies, herbs, cheese, apples, raspberries, and what ever our creative cooks dream up. Have it sweet with honey or savory with butter, but either way, cornbread and its whole grain goodness is the star today. Try a few samples and take home the recipes that you like best. While you're munching on your down home country snacks, listen to the musicians jamming on their fiddles and guitars, mandolins and banjos. I wonder how I came to be so lucky to be able to live here.”

The Incredible Cattail- From Survival to Pancakes”, Saturday, August 31, 9AM-3PM, meeting at Wild Food Adventures, 4125 N. Colonial Dr., Pdx. $25-$50 sliding scale. Children 0-6 are free, 7-17 pay their age, $3 discounts each for adult family members attending together, Native Americans, Scout Leaders, full time college students, and the involuntarily unemployed. Preregistration required; see details on website: “Get hands-on experience on how cattail rhizomes and other underground parts can be processed into flour for breads, ash cakes, muffins, and pancakes. We'll see how to identify, gather, peel, process and cook cattail cores so that they transform into a flour-like food source. By the end of the workshop we'll have gone from swamp roots to delicate pancakes that any normal human would enjoy.”

22nd Annual Civil War Reenactment”, Saturday, August 31, Sunday, September 1, and Monday, September 2, beginning at 9AM, Fort Stevens State Park Historic Area. Admission is $20 per car ($5 State Park Day Use Fee and $15 for the event). “The Northwest's largest, full-scale Civil War reenactment includes both Confederate and Union cavalry, infantry, and artillery along with period civilian and sutler camps. Over 700 men, women, and children create the feeling of being in the 1860's. Multiple battles fought throughout the weekend, food vendors, viewing stands, and period vendors selling everything from costumes to dry goods. A great historic event for the whole family to enjoy. Please leave your pets at home for this one, there are lots of very loud booms during the battles. Contact the park for more details.”

Olallie Highlands Hike”, Saturday, August 31, 8:30AM-3PM, meeting at the Clackamas River Ranger District, 595 NW Industrial Way, Estacada. Free. Preregistration required; call (503) 303-4372 ext 100. “Visit the under-appreciated but spectacular highlands of the Olallie Scenic Area. This area underwent sheet glaciation rather than valley glaciation, giving it flatter terrain and so many lakes that many have never been named. Highlights include visiting lakes with spectacular photogenic viewpoints. Most of the lakes are accessible with minimal walking though two are on a two mile easy hike. The easy hiking will total a little over 2 miles and has about 125 ft. elevation change on a mostly gentle route. With a high point of 5000 ft this tour features mixed forest and meadow areas. The various stops will be in the uppermost reaches of the Squirrel Creek drainage and along the southernmost fork of the mainstem Clackamas right up to the watershed boundary. We will meet at the Estacada River Ranger District, located off of Highway 224. All tours are led by CRBC Board member Bryon Boyce. Bring plenty of water, a camera, bug spray, and a lunch. Be aware that temperatures in the upper watershed are cooler than down below, and wear appropriate footwear.”